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Sundance Channel's 'Restless' WWII Mini Series Debuts December 7 with Rampling, Dockery, Atwell & More [Trailer]

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 19, 2012 at 3:37PM

The Sundance Channel's latest foray into original programming, "Restless," is a two part mini-series about a woman who discovers that her mother was a spy during World War II.
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Rampling on 'Restless' set
Charlotte Rampling on 'Restless' set

The Sundance Channel's latest foray into original programming, "Restless," is a two part mini-series about a woman ("Downton Abbey"'s Michelle Dockery) who discovers that her mother (Charlotte Rampling) was a spy during World War II. "Restless" also stars Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon and Hayley Atwell. Edward Hall directs.

The series was filmed in South Africa and the UK, and follows themes of espionage, love and betrayal. It is based on a novel and teleplay by William Boyd, who is also set to pen the next round of James Bond novels.

The Sundance Channel has hosted the critically-beloved "Carlos" mini-series in 2010, as well as "Appropriate Adult" with Dominic West and Emily Watson. The channel is also gearing up for "Rectify," its first scripted drama series from the producers of "Breaking Bad," as well as Jane Campion's recently-wrapped New Zealand-set "Top of the Lake" with Holly Hunter and Elisabeth Moss.

Watch a trailer for "Restless" and read the synopsis below. The first part premieres December 7, and part two on December 14.

"Restless" asks the question: What becomes of your life when everything you thought was solid and certain about it turns out to be a fantastically complicated lie? This is the quandary faced by Ruth Gilmartin (Michelle Dockery) when, one day in 1976, her mother Sally (Charlotte Rampling) suddenly reveals that she has been living a double life. She is not the respectable Sally Gilmartin, but in fact Eva Delectorskaya, a spy for the British Secret Service who has been on the run for thirty years.
 
Eva’s story begins in Paris in 1939. Eva (Hayley Attwell), a beautiful Russian émigrée, is recruited for the British Secret by Lucas Romer (Rufus Sewell), a mysteriously alluring Englishman. As Romer trains Eva to become the perfect spy their love affair begins. When a crucial mission collapses in the USA and Eva finds herself in terrible, fatal jeopardy she knows she has no option but to run and hide forever. Once a spy always a spy. No one can be trusted. But now Sally Gilmartin yearns to end her years of restless watching and waiting. Thirty years on, the only man who can bring this about is her former lover and spymaster, Lucas Romer, now Baron Mansfield of Hampton Cleeve (Michael Gambon), and the only person she can call on for help is her daughter, Ruth. The final chapter of this epic story of love, duplicity and betrayal is about to end – and who will pay the greatest price remains to be discovered.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.