The Cipher: BBC raids Netflix for new science fiction series (news).

The BBC is now raiding Netflix for the actors to fill their latest sci-fi series, The Cipher, perhaps a little miffed by the way the Big N. is always splashing the cash while the younger generation gives up on watching TV at all, let alone the fussy old Beeb.

Will BBC Sounds audio podcast, The Cipher, and its Christmas 2020 launch be enough to help reverse the trend?

The Cipher stars Anya Chalotra, best known for her role as Yennefer in Netflix series The Witcher, and Chance Perdomo, best known for his role as Ambrose Spellman in the Netflix series, Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina.

The Cipher sees a cryptic puzzle appear on the internet, stumping the brightest minds in the world. When 16-year-old Sabrina (Anya Chalotra) cracks the code, she finds herself at the heart of an international hunt for a serial killer… a killer who might not be from this world. Joined by New York teen Benny (Chance Perdomo) – the only other person to solve the cryptic Parallax puzzle, Sabrina embarks on a journey that turns her whole world upside down, throwing everything and everyone she’s ever known into question.

Chance Perdomo told SFcrowsnest, “It has been really great working with Anya on The Cipher podcast for BBC Sounds. I can’t wait for everyone to have a listen later this year – if you’re a fan of likes of Stranger Things or The OA, you will love this story – it’s definitely not one to be missed!”

Also joining the cast is Samuel Adewunmi (The Last Tree) who will voice the character, Fergus, a gun-for-hire tasked with keeping Sabrina and Benny in line, who gets much more than he signed up for. Other actors such as Hera Hilmar (Mortal Engines), Leanne Best (The Woman In Black 2), Molly Harris (Doctor Who), Enzo Cilenti (Game Of Thrones), Olivia Popica (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald) are also on board.

The Cipher: BBC raids Netflix for new science fiction series (news).
The Cipher: BBC raids Netflix for new science fiction series (news).


Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

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