Roadkill, a Masterpiece presentation

(Rochester, NY) – Hugh Laurie (House, Veep) stars as a scheming politician in Roadkill, a taut drama scripted by two-time Academy Award® nominee David Hare (The Hours, The Reader), airing on Masterpiece in four action-packed episodes, Sundays, November 1-22, 2020 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Laurie plays Peter Laurence, a self-made former furniture salesman who has risen to the heights of the British government thanks to a natural gift for populism, and a forceful nature, all while excelling at walking the tightrope of Machiavellian party politics. As Roadkill opens, he has just won a libel suit against reporter Charmian Pepper (played by Sarah Greene, Normal People), who accused him of accepting payments to help privatize the National Health Service.

Saved from being “roadkill” by his legal team, Peter stays in the good graces of the devious prime minister Dawn Ellison (Helen McCrory, Peaky Blinders), who fears his popularity but is aware of the abundant skeletons, both public and private, in his closet. Roadkill’s storyline involves the rattling of some of those skeletons and Peter’s desperate attempts to deal with the consequences and outrun his own secrets.

Photo: Duncan Nock (IAIN DE CAESTECKER), Peter Laurence (HUGH LAURIE), Rochelle (PIPPA BENNETT-WARNER)
Credit: Courtesy of (C) The Forge - Photographer: Steffan Hill

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