Produced by Tiger Aspect, Hitmen (working title) will be a six-part original comedy that tells the story of contract killers Jamie (Mel Giedroyc) and Fran (Sue Perkins). The duo are not your average assassins, however, nor the most professional, as the pair botch up assassinations and work from a scruffy van. Their incompetence sees the pair thrown into ridiculous adventures, testing their friendship along the way.
1. A Discovery of Witches, Sky One and Now TV, Fridays, 9pm
The shows included in the deal will be available for customers to binge-watch as much as they desire, beginning with the release of the box-set of the third series of Channel 4 drama No Offence on 13th September.
Live coverage of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix 2019 and highlights of Formula 1 races will be shown on Channel 4 as part of the deal, as well as the first series of the Sky original thriller Tin Star, starring Tim Roth.
Deep beneath the hustle and bustle on London’s Temple tube station, is hidden a dark secret: an illegal clinic set up in the abandoned network of underground tunnels.
Daniel (Strong) is a surgeon whose own trauma has led him to establish the clinic, making medicine available to any who need it. Assisted by grumbling Lee (Mays) and Anna (van Houten), the trio treat a variety of increasingly dangerous and desperate patients, testing Daniel’s morality to the limits.
Gilgun stars as Vinnie, a jack the lad with a solid group of childhood friends, but a case of bipolar disorder.
Speaking about tackling such a personal issue Gilgun commented, “Bipolar is a big part of my life. We want to show that you can have mental health issues and in some cases live a productive, exciting life, full of adventure.”
One of the standout drama launches of the year is unquestionably Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose. The five-parter memorably opens in London with a heroin-addled Melrose, played magisterially by Benedict Cumberbatch, receiving news of his abusive father’s death in New York. Melrose then travels there to bring home his father’s ashes. While in Manhattan, he embarks on an epic drugs binge. Expect the erstwhile Sherlock star to win multiple awards for this astonishing performance.
However it ends, the battle royal for the right to own most of the assets of 21st Century Fox, and all of Sky, reflects deep and significant trends in global media. The resolution (in favour of suitors Disney, Comcast or both) may end up being less important than what the outcome tells us about market dynamics.
This battle is about the response of legacy media to accelerating shifts in consumer behaviour and to the threats posed by the big digital disruptors. In a market where content and distribution are increasingly intermingled and global, size unlocks the prize.