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Is Peter Laurence in Roadkill based on a real person?

HUGH Laurie is starring in Roadkill as a character named Peter Laurence.

Viewers of the new drama have been speculating about whether this character is based on a real Conservative politician.

Is Peter Laurence based on a real person?

The show's writer, David Hare, has stressed that none of the events or characters depicted in the series are based on reality.

He stressed in a press statement that the writing is entirely fictional.

"So much television drama is now based on documentary events that it is hard to remember the primary trigger for fiction is meant to be the imagination.

"My hero, Peter Laurence, is not based on anyone. Nor are the other characters.

"Mine is a parallel world to the real one, and there is no secret passage between the two.

"You will be wasting your time if you think that the purpose of the series is to work out who everyone is ‘meant to be’."

Who is Hugh Laurie's Peter Laurence in Roadkill?

Peter Laurence is at mid-cabinet level working as the Transport Secretary.

He wants to climb the political ranks - and the storyline tests how far he is willing to go to achieve this - but things go askew when secrets from his past get dug up and used against him.

Peter is married to his childhood sweetheart but he is having an affair.

Hugh Laurie told "David [Hare] was adamant that this was not to be based on any existing politician in this country or anywhere else. 

"This is a work of fiction and this was of course music to my ears because I am absolutely terrible impressionist and I stood absolutely no chance of giving any sort of convincing rendition of any existing politician," he added.

When is Roadkill next on BBC One?

The next episode of Roadkill will air on Sunday (October 25) at 9pm.

Previous episodes are currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

The four episodes in this mini series are an hour long each in length.

Hugh Laurie leads the cast in BBC political drama Roadkill

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