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Sky unveils six original drama shows

MUMBAI: UK pay TV service provider Sky has announced an impressive roll call of award-winning actors, writers and producers in what it calls 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 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 John Ridley and Neil Jordan and Rowan Joffe and feature all-star casts including Idris Elba and Julia Stiles; Dawn French and Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks and Ricky Tomlinson.

Sky said that the new series build on a successful year for original drama, which includes ‘The Last Panthers’ and ‘The Enfield Haunting’ and Sky 1’s ‘Stan Lee’s Lucky Man’.

Made by producers including Kudos, Fifty Fathoms and Carnival Films, the original productions are expected to air across 2016/2017:

‘Guerrilla’: Sky Atlantic and Showtime team with writer John Ridley and 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.

‘Tin Star’: Roth and 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.

‘Delicious’: 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 ‘Delicious’ is the 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.

‘Riviera’: Julia Stiles stars in this 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.

‘Jamestown ‘: 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.

‘The Last Dragonslayer’: Ricky Tomlinson, John Bradley and Ellise Chappell star in this Sky 1 drama based on the first of Jasper Fforde’s series of novels. The Last Dragonslayer is a family adventure set in the UK that follows the story of orphan Jennifer Strange, who reluctantly discovers her destiny is to become the last Dragonslayer.

Sky MD content Gary Davey 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.”

Sky head of drama Anne Mensah 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.”