PIRATES of the Caribbean star Sam Claflin will play a rebellious young student in a new drama spanning almost half-a-century from the swinging sixties to the present day.
The actor, who played missionary Philip Swift opposite Johnny Depp in the latest instalment of the pirate saga, joins Little Dorrit actress Claire Foy in the BBC2 show White Heat.
It follows the lives of seven students from the death of Winston Churchill in 1965 taking in 1970's industrial strife, the rise of Thatcherism and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The show's writer Paula Milne, the woman behind The Politician's Wife and Small Island, said getting the right cast was "crucial."
She said: "Our young cast are all riding the crest of their own burgeoning, brilliant careers - like the characters are when we first meet them. It takes more than talent to take us on their epic journey through the decades - it takes insight and extraordinary maturity and they have that too. They all say they are lucky to play such parts. Me, I think we are lucky to have them."
Filming starts next week in London.