adrian-johnstonAdrian Johnston has been tapped to score the upcoming BBC original mini-series Close to the Enemy. The 6-parter is created by Stephen Poliakoff and stars Jim Sturgess, Freddie Highmore, Charlotte Riley, Alfie Allen, Charity Wakefield, Angela Bassett and Alfred Molina. The series is set during World War II and follows a British intelligence officer whose final task for the Army is to convince a captured German scientis to hand over cutting-edge military technology crucial to national security – the jet engine. Poliakoff has written and directed all episodes. Helen Flint (Longford), Hilary Bevan Jones (Pirate Radio) and Colin Callender (Wolf Hall) are producing the project. Johnston has previously scored Poliakoff’s mini-series Dancing on the Edge, as well as several movies from the writer/director including Glorious 39 and Capturing MaryClose to the Enemy will premiere later this year in the UK on BBC Two and in the U.S. on Starz.

As previously reported, Johnston’s upcoming projects also include the ITV/PBS movie Churchill’s Secret starring Michael Gambon.

  1. Ian says:

    Who is the gravel voiced guitar music on the trailer, it’s brill

    • Brenda Banks says:

      I think it’s Kaleo, a Finnish Rock Band, and the song is”Way Down We Go”. Also used for the Boots ad for Lift and Luminate !! What a great number!

    • Debbie says:

      So good to know that I’m not alone with thinking what a brilliant track to the trailer of ‘close to the edge’ is.

  2. Couldn’t agree more. Thank you for the info. Will look for this great song!
    Keep them coming.

  3. Andy says:

    Can anyone tell me the music in the trailer for Close to the Enemy? I think I recognise it but not sure! Many thanks

  4. alan says:

    in episode 2, anyone know the track played by woman on the piano, lyrics are
    I’m running from you baby
    heading far away
    I’m running from you baby
    Gonna call you today
    Keep on chasing rainbows
    I don’t care what they say
    I’m asking cos it sounds remarkably like Istanbul Blues from Midnight Express

  5. Chris Davis says:

    Many thanks – it reminded me a little of Gare du Nord’s Pablo’s Blues … if you liked Kaleo you might like that, too.

  6. David says:

    Does anyone the piano piece in episode 3, 47 minutes in, which Callum Ferguson is playing when Rachel enters the room?

    • David says:

      Oops, checked again, it’s 47:25 in, Rachel is playing the piano and husband Alex walks in

  7. james says:

    Can ayone help me find the track that plays at the beginning of episode 2 of Close to the enemy. Great track and it’s driving me mad.
    “I try to be good but baby it’s not for me”

    Any help very much appreciated.

    • Ben Thomas says:

      Anyone know the piece Callum is playing around 23:47 in episode 2?

  8. John bligh says:

    Please I would like to know which piece of Handels music was used for the trumpet and opera aria at the end of episode 5

    • John says:

      Lascia ch’io pianga’ from Rinaldo

    • David says:

      The piece you are referring to is:
      Händel, Eternal source of light

      You can find it on You Tube

  9. Leda Hayton says:

    I too would like to know the name of the piece of Handel which was played-it was exquisite.

  10. I too would love to know the name of the Handel Aria and where and how this piece of music can be obtained.

    • david smith says:

      I am afraid John is mistaken. The Handel piece is in fact “Eternal source of light divine” from hus Ode for the birthday of Queen Anne.

  11. nick says:

    Anyone know the piano piece played by Jim Sturgess near the beginning of episode 6

    • pat clark says:

      what is the music played by Callum at the very end of the last episode of Close to the enemy

  12. Robin says:

    I’d like to know what that piece is too. It’s haunting, beautifully played and totally emotive.

  13. june owen says:

    yes it was so beautiful, I would love to know the name of this piece too.


  14. Sharon mcaulay says:

    Please someone tell me what the name is of the piece Callum played at the end of the final episode. So lovely!

    • Marianne says:

      I too would love to know how I could get hold of that haunting piece of music played by Callum at the end of Ep.7.

  15. Carol says:

    Please tell us the name of the piece of Music Callum played and how we can acquire it
    Lots of people have asked this question but there is not an answer given as yet
    It is such a lovely composition and Adrian Johnston should be complimented
    Thank you in anticipation of an answer!

    • Robin says:

      Hi again – anyone know how to contact Adrian Johnston? I wouldn’t mind writing to him as we’d all like to have access to that gorgeous final piece.

  16. David says:

    It is now the 4th of January and tHis last episode was screened on the 22nd of December. Surely somebody must know the name of this evocative and haunting piece of music played by Callum at the close of the series. Please let us all know and where we can obtain a copy.

  17. Andrew says:

    Just finished own recording of series and this piece surely is just part of the soundtrack of the series. Though not available anywhere.