The Diplomat: Alibi release date of drama series, cast with Sophie Rundle, trailer - where is it filmed?

Crime drama The Diplomat stars Sophie Rundle and Serena Manteghi as staff at the British consulate in Spain who take on a potential murder case

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New six part Alibi crime drama The Diplomat folllows the inner workings of the British consulate in Spain. Peaky Blinders alum Sophie Rundle and Serena Manteghi star as Laura Simmons and Alba Ortiz, staffers at the Barcelona Consul, where they look after British nationals in distress.

The pair are faced with all manner of issues from lost passports and heavy drinking Brits, to more serious matters. In the season premiere, the body of a young British barman is found in the Barcelona marina, and Laura must support the grieving father as he searches for answers.

The Spanish police believe that the death was a tragic accident, but Laura shares the view of the man’s father, that foul play was involved. With the help of Alba, and under pressure from her new boss Sam, Laura’s diplomatic abilities are sorely tested as she delves into the mysterious case.

New evidence comes to light as a murder enquiry is launched, and links to organise crime and British security services are unearthed. Laura’s own life comes under threat as she works to reveal secrets that powerful forces would much rather keep hidden.

The Diplomat castThe Diplomat cast
The Diplomat cast

This is everything you need to know about the first season of Alibi drama The Diplomat:

Who is in the cast of The Diplomat?

  • Sophie Rundle as Laura Simmonds
  • Serena Manteghi as Alba Ortiz
  • Steven Cree as Sam Henderson
  • Philipp Boos as Fabian Hartmann
  • Dylan Brady as Carl Hyndley
  • Laia Costa as Mariana Cabell
  • Tamsin Topolski as Izzy Miller
  • Danny Sapani as Colin Sutherland
  • Will Attenborough as Stuart Baron
  • Isak Férriz as Inspector Castells
  • Stephen Boxer as Sir Gerald Forster
  • Edon Rizvanolli as Peter van der Meer
The Diplomat was filmed on locations in BarcelonaThe Diplomat was filmed on locations in Barcelona
The Diplomat was filmed on locations in Barcelona

Where is The Diplomat filmed?

The series is largely set in the British Consulate in Barcelona, Spain, with filming taking place on location in El Born and North Gracia.

Speaking about filming in Barcelona, Serena Manteghi told National World: “There are hard days at work as an actor, and none of them were on this. Even on long days, the sheen didn’t wear off: it was like, wow, we are in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the sun is shining and the food is amazing, and the culture is so friendly and vibrant.”

“Yeah, I just loved it. I mean, not often do you get [to do something like this] – it’s a lifelong dream to be in a city as beautiful and as rich as Barcelona. To move somewhere and live there for four months, let alone get paid for it and be doing a dream job? Yeah, it was definitely a halcyon time. One I will never forget.

When is The Diplomat on TV?

The Diplomat will premiere on Alibi at 9pm on Tuesday 28 February. There are six episodes in the series and they will be released at the same time weekly. You can watch episodes on streaming service NOW shortly after they have first aired.

Alibi is a UKTV premium channel and is not available on Freeview - you can access Alibi on BT (channel 312), Virgin Media (channel 126), and Sky (channel 132). Other popular Alibi dramas include We Hunt Together, Traces, and Annika.

Is there a trailer for The Diplomat?

Yes there is, and you can watch it right here: