Sky 1 is set for an action-packed year in 2018, with new series Bulletproof and the return of Stan Lee's Lucky Man.
James Nesbitt will be returning as Detective Inspector Harry Clayton in a third series of Stan Lee's Luck Man next year, whilst Noel Clarke (Adulthood) and Ashley Walters (Top Boy) are teaming up in police drama Bulletproof.
The original productions are both part of Sky's initiative to bring viewers action-packed British dramas, featuring UK's best actors.
Director of Sky 1 Adam MacDonald said: “Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and Bulletproof are exactly the kind of bold drama that Sky 1 viewers love. We’re in for quite the ride in this next chapter of Lucky Man and I can't wait to see the return of James Nesbitt as Detective Inspector Clayton. With Bulletproof we have an ambitious story and in Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters, we have two fantastic actors to bring our police duo, Bishop and Pike to life."
Series two of Lucky Man was a hit amongst fans, with over a million viewers tuning in to every episode.
In the third series, DI Clayton is in Hong Kong, looking for answers about his 'lucky' charm, where he comes up against terrifying underworld characters who have an interest in more than just his magical bracelet. Also returning to the series is Amara Karan as DS Suri Chohan, Sienna Guillory as Eve and Stephen Hagan as Rich Clayton.
James Nesbitt said: “Stan Lee's Lucky Man is such an exciting series to make and the scripts for this season are brilliant. Harry Clayton’s luck is running out which throws up some interesting storylines. And also takes him, and me, to Hong Kong - the perfect setting for Stan Lee mayhem!”
In their first series for Sky 1, Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters star as police duo, Bishop and Pike, two best friends, bonded by the same moral code despite their differences. The show revolves around the relationships between fathers and sons and is about friendship, conspiracies and ghosts from the past.
Bishop (Clarke) and Pike (Walters) had very different lives growing up. Pike’s dad was the first black police commissioner and he grew up always trying to live up to his expectations, while Bishop grew up looking for a father figure as he was passed around foster homes.
Their bond seems unbreakable, but their friendship is about to be tested.
Clarke said: "I’m ecstatic that the show Ashley, myself and Nick created is here. We’ve worked many years in the industry, but never all together. We've grown and evolved as artists and this will be a series that fans and non-fans alike will be drawn to. Enjoy the ride!”
Walters added: "I am really excited to be working with Noel and Nick on this project. I have been inspired by both of them for years and collaborating with them on this will produce something amazing. Years in the making but finally here !!! #alwayswinning.”
Both series start filming next month and will be available to watch on Sky 1 in 2018.