The two-part version sees Tamsin Greig and Paul Higgins as reporters Phyllis and Mike Watson, at the heart of an invasion by aliens who cause sea levels to rise. “There’s chaos in London, there’s no police force, and the British Government has collapsed, but its the Scottish government that survives and tries to re-establish civic order,” Higgins told the Scottish Herald. “So mine and Tamsin’s characters are always twiddling with the radio, trying to get a signal, and they hear Nicola Sturgeon saying the Scottish Government is going to take control.”
Sturgeon became involved after interviewing McDermid on stage. “I’ll leave it to others to guess if fending off creatures from outer space was any easier than dealing with some of my political opponents,” she told the paper. “I’m well used to being in a radio studio but this was a bit different… I’m looking forward to hearing the finished product but I doubt I’ll be moving into theatre any time soon.”
The play is not yet scheduled for transmission but was recorded in January.