sky1 & sky atlantic announce six original dramas

Sky Dramas Idris

Today, Sky have today announced six original dramas uniting an impressive roll call of award-winning producers, writers and actors.

These six new dramas are Sky’s 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 six new originals; Guerrilla, Tin Star, Delicious, Riviera, Jamestown and The Last Dragonslayer 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).

They feature all-star casts including Idris Elba (Luther), Julia Stiles (The Mindy Project), Dawn French (The Wrong Mans), Tim Roth (Lie To Me), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family).

Idris Elba

Sky Atlantic and Showtime team with Academy Award®-winning writer John Ridley and Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba for Guerrilla, 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.

John Ridley

Idris Elba said:

“It’s been a long-time desire of mine to collaborate with Mr Ridley and his work here is nothing short of a masterclass in character building and storytelling. TV is in for a treat.”

John Ridley said:

“I am both humbled by and impressed with Idris’s passion towards bringing this story to life. I share his commitment for populating the culture with driven and complicated people of colour, and believe we have great partners on the producorial level, and with our broadcasters Sky Atlantic and Showtime.”

Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks star in Tin Star, a Sky Atlantic revenge thriller penned by acclaimed screenwriter Rowan Joffe.

Tin Star is a contemporary take on the Western genre, telling the story of Jim Worth, an ex-Met police detective who has started a new life in Canada’s Rocky Mountains.

Dawn French 3

Delicious sees Dawn French make her Sky 1 debut, as she stars in a story of love, heartbreak, food and female friendship set in the beautiful countryside of Cornwall’s Tamar Valley. Dawn French commented:

“Cornwall, summer, sunshine and the other S word – it will be Delicious fun.”

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 Riviera, a glamorous Sky Atlantic thriller created by Oscar®-winning writer and director Neil Jordan, set in the world of the super-rich, where art, money, sex and love all come at a price. Julia Stiles said:

“What attracted me to Riviera is the setting, a romantic and glamorous world where not everything is as it seems, and the opportunity to explore a character who is also not as she appears.

Georgina is the classic anti-hero, ultimately a good person, but compromised by the corruption around her.”

Sky 1 heads for the New World in Jamestown, 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.

And finally, The Last Dragonslayer is a spectacular Sky 1 drama starring Ricky Tomlinson, John Bradley and Ellise Chappell.

The series is based on the first of Jasper Fforde’s unique series of novels and is a family adventure set in the Ununited Kingdoms following the story of orphan Jennifer Strange, who reluctantly discovers her destiny is to become the last Dragonslayer.

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 including returning series The Tunnel: Sabotage, Penny Dreadful, Fortitude, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Agatha Raisin as well as new series The Young Pope starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton; Harlan Coben’s The Five and Hooten & The Lady, starring Michael Landes, Ophelia Lovibond and Jane Seymour.

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