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“Restless”: Sundance Channel miniseries debuts Dec. 7 and 14

Melissa Hayer Modified: April 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm •  Published: November 14, 2012

Sundance Channel will premiere the first segment of its two-part World War II female espionage miniseries “Restless” on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack Dec. 7, with the conclusion debuting Dec. 14, both airing at 8 p.m..

Based on the novel by acclaimed British novelist  William Boyd, “Restless” centers on the story of Ruth Gilmartin (Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”) discovering that her mother Sally (Charlotte Rampling, “Melancholia”) was recruited as a spy during World War II.

The miniseries was filmed in South Africa and the U.K. and also stars Rufus Sewell (“Pillars of the Earth”), Michael Gambon (“Luck”) and Hayley Atwell (“Captain America”) as the young Sally, according to a news release.

“Restless” was produced by Emmy Award winner Hilary Bevan Jones (“State of Play,” “The Girl in the Cafe”) through her company Endor Productions and was directed by Edward Hall with a teleplay written by Boyd.

A summary of the miniseries, provided by Sundance Channel, is as follows:

“Restless” asks the question: What becomes of your life when everything you thought was solid and certain about it turns out to be a fantastically complicated lie?

This is the quandary faced by Ruth Gilmartin (Michelle Dockery) when, one day in 1976, her mother Sally (Charlotte Rampling) suddenly reveals that she has been living a double life.

She is not the respectable Sally Gilmartin, but in fact Eva Delectorskaya, a spy for the British Secret Service who has been on the run for thirty years.

Eva’s story begins in Paris in 1939. Eva (Hayley Attwell), a beautiful Russian émigrée, is recruited for the British Secret Service by Lucas Romer (Rufus Sewell), a mysteriously alluring Englishman.

As Romer trains Eva to become the perfect spy their love affair begins. When a crucial mission collapses in the USA and Eva finds herself in terrible, fatal jeopardy she knows she has no option but to run and hide forever. Once a spy always a spy. No one can be trusted.

But now Sally Gilmartin yearns to end her years of restless watching and waiting. Thirty years on, the only man who can bring this about is her former lover and spymaster, Lucas Romer, now Baron Mansfield of Hampton Cleeve (Michael Gambon), and the only person she can call on for help is her daughter, Ruth.

The final chapter of this epic story of love, duplicity and betrayal is about to end – and who will pay the greatest price remains to be discovered.

To view a trailer of “Restless,” visit

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