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  • Premiered: 
    October 18, 2020
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  • Network: BBC1
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by David Hare 
  • Subject Matter: Political
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Plot Synopsis

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, 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, 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. In a chain of events where everyone seems to be conspiring against him, he faces a number of antagonists: Helen, his loyal wife for three decades, has lied in court on his behalf but is starting to have second thoughts about their marriage. She is dimly aware of Madeleine, a manuscript librarian, who is Peter's longtime mistress. For her part, Madeleine has grown fed up with their secret life. While Peter preaches "freedom, " Madeleine sees only a refusal to commit. As the personal revelations spiral, Peter's two grown daughters are no less angry with their father. Susan has been out of touch for several years and only returns for a "family trial" arranged by her volatile younger sister, Lily. Among Peter's professional connections, Rochelle Madeley is the barrister who got Peter off. She likes to brag that she loves the cases "you win when you suspect your client is guilty as hell." Despite the win, she can't escape the urge to dig deeper into Peter's past. Coming at Peter from the other direction is Joe Lapidus, the newspaper editor who originally unleashed Charmian on him. He hasn't let go of the case either -- even if his paper's proprietor, Lady Roche, hates "unpleasantness." No one knows Peter better than his special advisor, Duncan Knock, who wants to ride his boss's coattails to the top. Unfortunately, he starts making decisions that may not be in Peter's best interest. Another subordinate, Dame Vanessa Pollard, begins undermining Peter as soon as he lands in his new ministerial job. Will Peter find out to his cost that "life gets hard when you lose the staff?" Then there is the prime minister's eyes and ears, Julia Blythe, a control freak who seems to know Peter's secrets almost before he does -- particularly about a female prisoner who could end his political career once and for all. If nothing else, Peter is a survivor -- at least so far. Untroubled by guilt or remorse, he seeks to further his own agenda even whilst others plot to bring him down. His motto: "You can get away with anything if you just brazen it out." ROADKILL had its U.S. premiere on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings).
On Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 8pm (check local listings), PBS premiered the season finale of ROADKILL. With the prime minister in trouble, Peter makes a shocking announcement to the nation. Is this the end for him or the start of something new?


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Forge Entertainment
  • Produced by MASTERPIECE