Sky unites award-winning actors, writers and producers in new commissions

Sky unites award-winning actors, writers and producers in new commissions

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By Ed Gove,
Thursday, 21st April 2016
Dawn French makes her Sky 1 début in Delicious (Credit: Falmouht University/Vimeo)

Sky has announced six original dramas to arrive in 2016/17.

With some stellar names attached to write, act and direct the shows, Sky is building on the game-changing successes of the BAFTA-nominated The Last Panthers and the Enfield Haunting, and fan favourite Stan Lee’s Lucky Man.



Credit: Sky

A co-production with Showtime, Sky Atlantic will show Guerrilla, a love story set against the fractious backdrop of one of the most politically charged periods in UK history.

Written by Oscar-winning writer John Ridley (American Crime, 12 Years a Slave) and starring Luther actor and Golden Globe-winner Idris Elba, the show centres on a couple whose passion drives them from political activism to radical militancy.

They fight to overcome a secret counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch, the Black Power Desk – a real-life unit dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.

Idris Elba described the show as “nothing short of a masterclass in character building and storytelling. TV is in for a treat.”


Tin Star

Tim Roth in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (Credit: The Weinstein Company)

Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) star in this revenge thriller from acclaimed screenwriter Rowan Joffe for Sky Atlantic.

A modern take on the Western genre, the show tells the story of Jim Worth, an ex-Met detective who moves his family to the Rocky Mountains to begin a new life as the local chief of police.

However, when workers at a new oil refinery begin to bring drugs, prostitution and organised crime into town, Worth’s peaceful life is blown apart, and a new voice begins taunting the police chief: his booze- and drug-addicted alter ego, Jack Devlin.



Dawn French (Credit: Sky)

Coming to Sky 1, Delicious, by Dan Sefton (Secret Diary of a Call Girl) is the story of sensual and passionate cook Gina (Dawn French) and her ex-husband Leo, a successful entrepreneur, chef and hotel owner.

Since their split, Leo has made his fortune from the culinary tradition he inherited from his ex-wife.  However Leo is hiding a dirty secret which could upturn all their lives.

In a friendship born of betrayal, Gina and Leo’s new wife Sam face the secrets and scandal which will bond them closer together.



Julia Stiles (Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Julia Stiles (The Bourne Series) stars in this brand new serial from Oscar-winning writer and director Neil Jordan (The Borgias) and Booker Prize-winner John Banville (The Sea).

Georgina (Stiles) is newly married to billionaire Constantine Clios when he is killed in a yacht explosion.

She is shocked to discover that his squeaky-clean life was tainted by association with dishonesty, double-dealing, crime and murder.

She quickly learns the family trade and rapidly reveals herself to be a grade-A student in the school of survival.



Jamestown comes from the producer of Stan Lee's Lucky Man 

From the producers of Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and Downton Abbey comes Jamestown, the story of the early settlers to the New World.

Written by Bill Gallagher (Lark Rise to Candleford, The Paradise), the eight-part series is set in 1619 and follows a group of women from England who leave their old lives behind to marry settlers in the new western outpost.

A modern tale in a historical setting, the show captures the love, losses and reinventions of old friends in new places.


The Last Dragon Slayer

Ricky Tomlinson in The Royale Family (Credit:

To air over Christmas 2016, The Last Dragon Slayer is based on a series of novels by Jasper Fforde and adapted by Scrotal Recall’s Tom Edge.

The show will star Ellise Chappell as Jennifer Strange, a resident of the Ununited Kingdoms who reluctantly discovers her destiny to become the last Dragonslayer.

The Royale Family's Ricky Tomlinson and John Bradley (Game of Thrones) will also appear in the show. 




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Sky has announced six original dramas to arrive in 2016/17.