Sky Vision, the production and distribution arm of Sky, has announced a strong slate of shows to unveil at NATPE that spans world-class drama and powerful factual programming.
UK and international dramas include: the new Sky Original action series Curfew; BBC One thriller The Victim; Nordic crime series Bullets; and Sky Deutschland’s pre-apocalyptic adventure 8 Days. Heading the factual slate are: the latest instalment of the hit adventure franchise Arabia With Levison Wood, which follows Wood’s extraordinary expedition across the Middle East; the ground-breaking Channel 4 factual entertainment series Famous and Fighting Crime; and ITV’s eye-opening primetime observational access documentary Paras: Men of War.
Jane Millichip, MD at Sky Vision said: “We are immensely proud of the Sky Vision NATPE slate, not just for the quality of the content, but also its diversity. We represent primetime series from Sky, BBC, Channel 4 and ITV in the UK, in addition to Elisa and MTV in Finland and Sky in Germany.”
Curfew is an exhilarating and action-packed drama from the award-winning producers of Peaky Blinders. It follows the story of ordinary people who compete in the world’s fastest, most furious, illegal night-time street race, setting out to win the ultimate prize — freedom from the totalitarian government curfew that controls their lives. Curfew features a star-studded ensemble cast that includes Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Billy Zane (Titanic), Miranda Richardson (Churchill) and Adrian Lester (Riviera). Curfew is a Tiger Aspect Productions in association with Moonage Pictures for Sky One.
Directed by Oscar-winning director of The Counterfeiters, 8 Days is a distinctive and thought-provoking pre-apocalyptic thriller about a world that spins out of control. Society is in meltdown and tens of millions of people are living out their final days without care for the consequences. This absorbing and gritty drama promises to make viewers question “what would you do?” It is produced by NEUESUPER.
Winner of MIPDRAMA’s Coup de Coeur award, Bullets is produced by the team behind The Bridge, The Killing and the hugely successful Millennium Trilogy of films. It’s a powerful, character-driven, international thriller with a twist-laden plot, set against the atmospheric backdrops of Helsinki, the criminal underworld of Belgium and the troubled streets of Georgia. It stars Krista Kosonen (Blade Runner 2049) and Sibel Kekilli (Game of Thrones), and is produced by Vertigo Films.
The Victim is a thriller told through the eyes of the plaintiff and the accused. Set within Scotland's unique legal system, the show asks: who is really 'the victim'? It stars Kelly MacDonald (Puzzle, Boardwalk Empire, The Child in Time) and John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). The Victim is an STV Production for BBC One.
From Merman & House Productions for UKTV & RTE comes Women on the Verge, a six-part comedy drama set in Dublin that follows the lives of three women in their ‘30s, played by Kerry Condon (Better Call Saul), Nina Sosanya (Marcella) and Eileen Walsh (Patrick Melrose). Whilst everyone else is settling down, married with kids, and increasingly in control of their lives, Laura, Katie and Alison seem to be moving in the opposite direction. Women on the Verge follows these flawed and complex friends as they navigate the challenges of life, love and relationships. The series was created by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) and Lorna Martin.
Factual series, Arabia With Levison Wood, sees the writer and photographer, whose expeditions have taken him around the world, exploring the Middle East on his most ambitious journey yet: a 5,000 mile expedition through the most perilous region on earth – the Arabian Peninsula. The series is a co-production between Sky Vision and Blackmane Media, which is owned by Levison Wood, and will be completed in early 2019. It is co-funded by Sky Vision, who acquired international rights via Blackmane’s agent, Wolfsong Media.
Famous and Fighting Crime is a 4 x 60 bold and provocative series that takes celebrities out of their comfort zones to join police on the frontlines and deal with everyday crimes, criminals and victims. Stars including model Penny Lancaster and presenter Katie Piper undertake the same training as real-life Special Constables and then hit the streets for two weeks, partnered with serving officers, confronting whatever is thrown at them that day. It’s a ground-breaking experiment that sees them face real conflict and challenges, working in everything from domestic violence to drug related crimes, and gives them a unique and revelatory insight to the sharp end of policing. The series is made by Blast! Productions for Channel 4.
Finally, The Paras: Men of War, comes from the producer of the BAFTA-winning Murder Detectives. This 3 x 60 gritty series reveals a hidden world of elite military training with unprecedented access. The series follows all stages of a para's military career, from novices embarking on the brutal initiation to continued training for officers, with personal insights and honest, character-driven stories creating a compelling narrative. Shot across a year in the UK, USA and Latvia, and mixing stunning fixed rig camera and drone footage with interviews and classic reportage, it provides a rare look at an extraordinary regiment who train to be first on the frontlines during deadly conflicts. The Paras: Men of War is an Avanti Media production for ITV.
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