The premiere episode of CBC Television's latest spy thriller series 'The Romeo Section' will follow the journey of Professor Wolfgang McGee (Andrew Airlie) as he secretly manages a roaster of surveillance assets.
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The show is produced by Chris Haddock, acclaimed creator and writer of drama series "Da Vinci's Inquest." Haddock will be returning to the Canadian television after an absence of eight years.
As reported by The Chronicle Herald, Haddock has described the upcoming show as "a challenging, intimate look at the spy world."
"There's not a lot of run-and-jump of the sort that people are running around with a nuclear trigger that might go off at any second," he said.
"It's about the seduction of people, the willingness to engage in spying on people. This show is about betrayal, thematically, in a way. And I think that it's an emotion to which I can relate."
The synopsis of the premiere episode mentions that "Professor McGee secretly manages a roster of espionage assets. These assets, referred to as Romeo or Juliet spies, are informants engaged in intimate relations with intelligence targets.
"Wolfgang himself is a semi-retired Romeo operator, having worked his way up in an officially deniable "service" under the umbrella of Canada's intelligence community. They operate in a seemingly serene cosmopolitan city whose underside acts as a haven for drug barons, fugitives and covert financiers."
Andrew Airlie plays Professor Wolfgang McGee, who is a scholar of international relations with an expertise in Chinese Affairs.
News 1130 reported that Airlie has described his character as a "Scottish immigrant and loner who finds himself at odds with out-of-touch superiors."
"In some cases I don't think he feels his intelligence is being properly used. But even more than that I think because he's at an arms-length relationship from CSIS, he's quite difficult to control" he said.
Haddock said he has learnt a lot from working on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and is excited to implement those skills in "The Romeo Section".