From a media release:
CBC and Temple Street Productions announce the start of production on the highly-anticipated original seriesÂ CAMP X, shooting on location in Budapest, Hungary until the end of the October. The eight-episode, one-hour series is set to air in early 2015.
CAMP XÂ is an emotionally driven adventure drama, set in the thrilling and dangerous world of WWII espionage and covert operations. It follows the stories of a team of highly skilled young recruits â€“ Canadian, American and British â€“ torn from their ordinary lives to train as agents in an ultra-secret facility on the shores of Lake Ontario. Inspired by remarkable true stories,Â CAMP XÂ is about the origin of spycraft.
â€œWe are excited to bring life to this captivating story that weaves pieces of Canadaâ€™s history into a rich and dramatic narrative,â€ saidÂ Sally Catto, general manager of programming, CBC. Â â€œWe are encouraged by the strong caliber of talent that has banded together to create CAMP X and canâ€™t wait for its premiere this winter.â€
The seriesâ€™ international ensemble cast includesÂ Evelyne BrochuÂ (Orphan Black, Pawn Sacrifice) as AURORA – half Jewish-German, half French-Canadian, a trilingual strategist and undercover specialist;Â Jack LaskeyÂ (Endeavour, Hatfields and McCoys) as ALFRED, a gentle soul with synesthesia â€“ a condition that cross-wires one sense with another, giving him near-perfect memory;Â Warren BrownÂ (Luther, By Any Means) as NEIL, an English ex-copper specializing in weapons and combat who lost his family to the Blitz;Â Dustin MilliganÂ (Demonic, 90210) as TOM, a Madison Avenue advertising wunderkind, intimately familiar with the mechanics of persuasion, propaganda and seduction; andÂ Connor PriceÂ (Being Human, Carrie)Â as HARRY, the teamâ€™s radio operator, explosives specialist and gadgeteer.
Teaming up again with Ellis & Morgenstern isÂ Hugh DillonÂ (Flashpoint, The Killing) as the Campâ€™s beating heart and clenched fist, DUNCAN SINCLAIR.
Rounding out theÂ CAMP XÂ cast areÂ Lara Jean ChorosteckiÂ (Hannibal, Copper)Â as KRYSTINA, the bright, motor-mouthed young woman who oversees the all-female staff at Camp Xâ€™s state-of-the-art communications facility, and special guestÂ Francois ArnaudÂ (The Borgias) appears as RENÃ‰.
â€œCAMP XÂ is a story weâ€™ve been burning to tell for a long time.Â Itâ€™s incredibly powerful to see it take shape in the hands of so many talented people,â€ says creatorsÂ Mark EllisÂ andÂ Stephanie Morgenstern.
â€œWeâ€™re tremendously excited to be working with Mark and Stephanie to bring this incredible project to life,â€ saysÂ Ivan SchneebergÂ andÂ David Fortier, executive producers and co-Presidents of Temple Street.Â â€œDonâ€™t mistake this series for a history lesson or a stodgy period drama â€“ itâ€™s an exciting and compelling show, filled with spies, sabotage, action, tragedy and triumph, grounded in an incredibly rich and engaging piece of history (of which little has been told) and set against the backdrop of World War II and German-occupied France.Â And weâ€™ve managed to assemble the world-class cast and crew needed to do the stories justice.â€
CAMP XÂ is a Canadian-Hungarian co-production, produced by Temple Street Productions and co-produced by Pioneer Stillking Films and commissioned by CBC.Â CAMP XÂ was created and written by multi-award winning Mark Ellis & Stephanie Morgenstern and is executive produced by Ellis & Morgenstern, Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, and Bill Haber of Ostar Productions.