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BBC drama role for Tina Turner star

What's Love Got To Do With It? star Angela Bassett is getting behind a microphone again - to play a singer in a new BBC period drama.

The American actress, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Tina Turner in the 1993 biopic, will star in the six-part series set in a London hotel in the first days after the end of the Second World War.

Jim Sturgess heads the cast of the BBC2 show, written by award-winning dramatist Stephen Poliakoff, as a soldier whose final task is to make sure a German scientist helps the British as the cold war starts to heat up.

Show bosses are staying tight-lipped about Bassett's role except to say she will play an American singer in the drama, which also stars Game Of Thrones actor Alfie Allen, Lindsay Duncan, Robert Glenister and Alfred Molina.

BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw said: "Stephen Poliakoff is one of the country's foremost writers and directors and I'm delighted he is creating this distinctive new piece for us. I want BBC2 to be the place where creatives can come and do their best, most signature work and it's great to have this new work alongside our other remarkable dramas."

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