More about DStv’s new spy thriller, The Rook

The Rook revolves around a secret service agent who can’t remember anything about her past but knows she has some very special abilities.

Myfanwy Thomas wakes up on London’s Millennium Bridge surrounded by bloody corpses and with her memory erased. In her pocket she finds a letter she addressed to herself, and there begins her journey to safety deposit boxes and through secret doorways leading her closer to her identify and finding out who is hunting her down.

In The Rook, an adaptation of Daniel O’Malley’s 2012 novel by the same name, Myfanwy finds a video she’d made for herself that reveals she’s an important member of Britain’s last truly secret service, the Checquy. The positions in the agency are based on the pieces in a game of chess. The Checquy has a King, Linda Farrier, and a Queen, Conrad Grantchester, and Myfanwy is a Rook (the castle), a pencil pusher in the organisation, which is a good thing right now as she tries to piece the evidence together to find out who on her team has betrayed her.

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People with special abilities, known as extreme variant abilities (EVA), work at the Checquy, our protagonist included. The EVAs have superpowers like superhuman strength or being able to hear a whisper in a crowd of thousands. Of course, the Checquy is a target for organisations with nefarious intentions, like wanting to use the EVAs as weapons.

Emma Greenwell (Shameless), Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck) and Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) are the talented leading actresses. Emma stars as Myfanwy, Joely as the director of Checquy, and Olivia as an agent for an American spy agency who is in London to investigate why her former lover was found dead on the Millennium Bridge.

Emma says something that helped her to prepare for the role was her real-life experience of short-term memory loss after an accident: “I know what it feels like – it’s very confusing, very upsetting – so I drew on that.”

Starts Monday 9 September on M-Net (101) and Showmax at 21:00
Available on Catch Up and DStv Now

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