Video: The Diplomat’s Simon Heath, Serena Manteghi & Sophie Rundle

Debuting next week on UKTV’s Alibi, The Diplomat follows Laura Simmonds (Sophie Rundle) and her Barcelona consul colleague and friend Alba Ortiz (Serena Manteghi) as they fight to protect distressed British nationals in the bustling Spanish city of Barcelona. Mixing the roles of lawyer, counselor and cop, Laura and Alba’s diplomatic skills are pushed to the limit by the stream of surprising and complex cases that walk through the consulate doors in need of assistance.


The series, produced by World Productions and distributed by BBC Studios, features a story-of-the-week format as well as an overarching narrative. It is created and written by Ben Richards and counts Simon Heath among its executive producers.

Heath, Rundle and Manteghi sat down with TV Drama Weekly’s Mansha Daswani to talk about the experience of shooting in Barcelona amid Covid protocols and nuances of the story-of-the-week format.