Sky announce slate of original new drama for 2016/2017
Sky has announced it will be working with Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy winners to create six new original dramas to air later this year and in 2017.
Stars such as Idris Elba, Dawn French and Julia Stiles are confirmed to play leading roles in the upcoming dramas, which will see Sky build on the success of last year’s original programming, which included critical and ratings success stories such as The Last Panthers and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man.
The six new originals include Guerilla, which combines the talents of Oscar-winning writer John Ridley with Golden Globe winner Idris Elba for a love story set in 1970s London – a capital city in the midst of political chaos. It will tell the story of a politically active couple’s descent into radical militancy after they free a political prisoner. Elba will co-star and produce, while Ridley will write and direct episodes. The series is a co-production by Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature.
Next on the slate is Tin Star, the story of a small town’s descent into corruption, which is set to star BAFTA award winner Tim Roth alongside the Emmy-nominated Christina Hendricks. It follows a retired police detective who moves to the Rocky Mountains to start a new life in the idyllic rural community, but quickly learns what he believed was a paradise has become overrun by drugs, prostitution and organised crime due to the opening of a new oil refinery in the area. Tin Star will be produced by the makers of Broadchurch and Humans, Kudos.
Dawn French will lead the cast of a new story for Sky 1 about love, food and infidelity in the stunning countryside of Cornwall in Delicious. French stars as Gina, a chef who was once married to the successful entrepreneur, chef and hotelier Leo Vincent. Leo has since accrued a lot of his wealth due to Gina’s influence and shares the fruits of his labour with new wife Sam, with whom Gina becomes friendly with. However, Leo is keeping a secret that may put all three of their lives into jeopardy. Delicious will be produced by Bandit Television.
Julia Stiles will star in Riviera, a glamorous new Sky Atlantic thriller from the mind of Academy Award-winning writer and director Neil Jordan. Set in the world of the ultra-rich, Stiles will play Georgina, the new wife of a billionaire. When her husband dies in suspicious circumstances, Georgina is horrified to learn that much of her husband’s fortune came from criminal activities and his death has left her in charge of maintaining his assets. Overnight, she inherits her husband’s mansion, family and vicious rivals. To survive, she must learn the ways of a criminal – and fast. Riviera will be produced by Archery Pictures.
The producers of Downton Abbey, Carnival Films, are back with this Western-themed series Jamestown for Sky 1. Set in the seventeenth century, Jamestown is the story of a group of young British women who make the journey to the New World and leave their old lives behind. They must battle confused locals and quickly adjust to their new lives on the other side of the world. Ultimately, these women will become the pioneers of a new way of life as they search for love, power and adventure.
Game of Thrones star John Bradley will star in a spectacular new Sky 1 drama The Last Dragonslayer, scheduled for Christmas 2016. Bradley, Ricky Tomlinson and Ellise Chappell will lead the cast in the adaptation of the first of Jasper Fforde’s critically-acclaimed fantasy novels, which are about orphan and titular Dragonslayer Jennifer Strange. The Last Dragonslayer is magical new series, which will build upon the success of last year’s Fungus the Bogeyman. It will be produced by Blueprint Pictures and GroupM Entertainment.
The six new shows will join the existing eight original Sky dramas scheduled to air in the next few months, including returnees Penny Dreadful, Fortitude, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and Agatha Raisin as well as new or currently airing series The Tunnel: Sabotage, The Pope, Harlan Coben’s The Five, Hooten & The Lady and Jane Seymour.