Sky today announced an impressive roll call of award-winning actors, writers and producers in its most ambitious slate of original productions yet, adding to its growing portfolio of high-quality drama.
Responding to demand from customers for more original drama, the new productions combine with Sky’s ground-breaking HBO and Showtime partnerships, to build on its growing reputation as one of the world’s best storytellers.
The six new originals have been penned by writers including Academy Award® winners John Ridley (American Crime, 12 Years a Slave) and Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), and BAFTA award winner Rowan Joffe (28 Days Later), and feature all-star casts including Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba and Primetime Emmy® nominee Julia Stiles; Dawn French and Tim Roth, both BAFTA nominees; Christina Hendricks and Ricky Tomlinson.
The new series build on a successful year for Sky original drama, which includes the recent BAFTA nominations for The Last Panthers and The Enfield Haunting, and recording-breaking audiences for Sky 1’s Stan Lee’s Lucky Man.
Made by award-winning producers including Kudos (Broadchurch, Humans, The Tunnel); Fifty Fathoms (Fortitude) and Carnival Films (Downton Abbey, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man), the original productions are expected to air across 2016/2017:
Sky Atlantic and Showtime team with Academy Award®-winning writer John Ridley and Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba for a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive periods in UK history. Guerrilla follows a young couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London.
Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks star in this Sky Atlantic revenge thriller penned by acclaimed screenwriter Rowan Joffe. A contemporary take on the Western genre, Tin Star tells the story of Jim Worth, an ex-Met police detective who has started a new life in Canada's Rocky Mountains.
In her Sky 1 debut, Dawn French stars in a story of love, heartbreak, food and female friendship set in the beautiful countryside of Cornwall's Tamar Valley. Written by Dan Sefton (Mr Selfridge), Delicious is the funny, surprising and emotional tale of passionate cook Gina, her hotelier ex-husband, his new wife, Sam, and a secret that is set to upturn all of their lives.
Julia Stiles stars in this glamorous Sky Atlantic thriller created by Oscar®-winning writer and director Neil Jordan. Riviera is a thriller set in the world of the super-rich, where art, money, sex and love all come at a price.
Sky 1 heads for the New World in a frontier drama written by Bill Gallagher (Lark Rise to Candleford, The Paradise). Set in 1619 in the early days of the first British settlers in America, Jamestown tells the story of a group of young women as they leave the Old World and their old lives behind them.
Ricky Tomlinson, John Bradley and Ellise Chappell star in this spectacular Sky 1 drama based on the first of Jasper Fforde’s unique series of novels. The Last Dragonslayer is a family adventure set in the Ununited Kingdoms that follows the story of orphan Jennifer Strange, who reluctantly discovers her destiny is to become the last Dragonslayer.
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Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content, Sky, commented: “We know our original content is highly valued and a reason why customers choose and stay with Sky. Combining the scale and ambition of our Sky original productions with the best of the US and exclusive partnerships with HBO and Showtime, we believe our customers enjoy a better choice of drama at Sky than anywhere else in the world.”
Anne Mensah, Head of Drama, Sky, commented: “Our customers adore original drama, whether that’s a rich and complex storyline on Sky Atlantic or a blockbuster adventure on Sky 1. We are incredibly proud to be working with such amazing talent across all our dramas. Everything we do at Sky is about being passionate, bold and unique and that philosophy underlines every single one of these shows.”
The new productions join eight original drama series already on air or set to air in the coming months on Sky Atlantic and Sky 1 in the UK & Ireland. These include returning series The Tunnel: Sabotage, Penny Dreadful, Fortitude, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Agatha Raisin alongside new series The Young Pope, directed by Academy Award® winner Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, Youth) and starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton; Harlan Coben's The Five, the first original work for UK TV from the international bestselling author which launched last Friday; and Hooten & The Lady, starring Michael Landes, Ophelia Lovibond and Jane Seymour, from Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures (Death in Paradise, and Dickensian).
•Guerrilla – The show is a co-production between Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature. International distribution is to be handled by Endemol Shine International.
•Tin Star - Produced by Kudos (The Tunnel: Sabotage, Humans, Broadchurch). International distribution is to be handled by Sky Vision and Endemol Shine International.
•Delicious - Produced by Bandit Television.
•Riviera - Produced by Archery Pictures with worldwide distribution by Sky Vision.
•Jamestown - Produced by Carnival Films (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Downton Abbey) with worldwide distribution by NBCUniversal International Distribution.
•The Last Dragonslayer – Produced by Blueprint Pictures and GroupM Entertainment.
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