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Sky Vision Brings Devilishly Good Drama to the LA Screenings

Sky Vision, the production and distribution arm of Sky, and Sky Italia will be offering a world exclusive first look at new financial thriller Devils tomorrow (Saturday, 18th May), and throughout the week as well as showcasing three more captivating dramas, including Catherine the GreatTemple and Frayed at the LA Screenings, it was announced today.

Devils is an original series produced by Sky Italia and Lux Vide in association with Orange Studio, and is co-funded and internationally distributed by Sky Vision. 

Devils, based on the best-selling novel by Guido Maria Brera, is a gripping international conspiracy thriller set in the rarefied world of global finance.  Ambitious and charismatic trader Massimo Ruggero (Alessandro Borghi, (SuburraFortunata) has enjoyed a stellar career run at global investment powerhouse NYL bank, thanks in part to the support of his mentor NYL CEO Dominic Morgan (Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy, The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair)).  

Massimo’s successes have all but assured him of promotion to the elite echelons of the bank, but when a scandal erupts around his private life, Dominic’s patronage seems to evaporate, and Massimo finds himself pulled into an escalating and murderous conspiracy. As he fights to clear his name, Massimo discovers he’s in the midst of a covert war that’s being played out across continents and against the chaos of the financial crash, but which has its roots much closer to home.

Also starring are Laia Costa (Victoria), Malachi Kirby (Roots), Lars Mikkelsen (House of Cards), Paul Chowdhry (Swinging with the Finkels), Pia Mechler (Everything Is Wonderful), Harry Michell (Chubby Funny) and Sallie Harmsen (Blade Runner 2049).

Catherine The Great (4 x 60), is an epic historical drama starring Dame Helen Mirren, which delves into the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of the most powerful, but possibly most misunderstood female monarch in history. The series follows Catherine towards the end of her reign, and reveals how she and her lifelong love Grigory Potemkin, a brilliant military strategist and seasoned war veteran, helped to shape much of the Russia we know today. While their relationship may not always have been sexually faithful, it endured against the political machinations of rivals, the hardships of conflict and most of all, in spite of taking second place to a monarch’s need to retain absolute power. 

Catherine The Great also stars Jason Clarke (Everest), Rory Kinnear (Imitation Game), Gina McKee (Bodyguard), Joseph Quinn (Les Miserables), Kevin McNally (Pirates of The Caribbean) and Richard Roxburgh (Rake). It is produced by New Pictures Ltd and Origin Pictures for Sky Atlantic and HBO. 

The drama has already pre-sold to Foxtel Australia, HBO Asia, HBO Latin America, Nerit in Greece, A-Media Russia and HBO Europe.

Gripping new thriller, Temple is an eight-part Sky original production starring Mark Strong (Kingsman) that examines the choices we’d make and the lines we’d cross for the sake of our loved ones. 

Daniel Milton (Strong) is a talented and successful surgeon whose life is shattered by an unfolding personal tragedy. Consumed by these events, Daniel abandons the safety net of his professional career and even the comfort of his family and friends to – literally – operate outside the system. In his struggle to find some form of solution to sudden change in his fortunes, Daniel partners with the lonely yet resourceful Lee (Daniel Mays (Line of Duty)), to set up an illegal clinic, hidden in a labyrinth of tunnels deep beneath London’s Temple tube station.   

Daniel and Lee are soon joined by Anna, a guilt ridden medical researcher played by Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones) and a young fugitive, Jamie (Tobi King Bakare (Cursed)).  As Daniel juggles this dysfunctional team with the demands of the clinic – where he treats those who can’t or won’t access conventional healthcare - he finds his moral boundaries as both a doctor and a man stretched to the limit, and making increasingly desperate choices which threaten to bring the whole enterprise crashing down.   

Heartfelt and shot through with dark humour, Temple has been adapted by Mark O’Rowe (Boy A) from the critically acclaimed Norwegian drama series Valkyrien. Temple will be produced by Hera Pictures for Sky and is co-funded and distributed by Sky Vision.

The series has already pre-sold to A Media Russia and HBO Europe.

Created by, written and starring award-winning Australian comedian Sarah Kendall, Frayed is a bittersweet comedy-drama for Sky One and ABC Australia. 

In London, 1988 – Wealthy London housewife Simone Burbeck (Kendall) has what many would consider a perfect life. As well as the doting husband and the wonderful kids, she’s got the big house, the glamorous clothes and the cars. However, when her husband suddenly dies in scandalous circumstances, she learns that much of her life has been a lie. Now widowed, broke, homeless and worst of all, a social outcast, Simone has no other options but to return to her family home in Newcastle, Australia. 

Simone plans to cool her heels in Newcastle while she figures out a strategy to get back to London. But she finds the complicated, messy life she left behind, and the people she ran away from, some 20 years earlier (and back when she was plain old Sammy), are all still there waiting… 

Filmed on location in New South Wales, Australia and London, Frayed is produced by Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s Merman, the award-winning producers of Catastrophe and Divorce. 

 Leona Connell, Director of Sales, Sky Vision, said: “Buyers will be treated to a world exclusive look at our new drama Devils at the LA Screenings. It’s a really gripping, contemporary thriller, slick and sophisticated. Plus we’ll be showcasing three other strong series, that range from comedy drama to the very high end historical Catherine the Great, which has already pre-sold to 115 territories.”

For more information contact: Kay Breeze, / 020 8995 3936