Sky Announce Double Programming Coup
The best way to sum up the last couple of years of Sky would be ‘content, content, content’. The company have been funnelling huge amounts of money into making some of the best programming on British TV. To date, that’s seen original programming like Fortitude flourish, huge name overseas programmes like Game of Thrones and Girls arrive, as well as classic programmes from other channels like Don’t Tell the Bride and Mid-Morning Matters. Now, the company are making a couple more announcements, one regarding casting and another regarding a shock new acquisition.
Starting with the casting announcement, Sky have announced that the hotly anticipated new series of the Tunnel (The Tunnel: Sabotage) will feature some big name talent alongside the all new story from Ben Richards. The critically acclaimed drama will add Emilia Fox (Silent Witness), Clarke Peters (The Wire) and Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation), who will be acting alongside the Emmy award winning actors Stephen Dillane and Clemence Poesy in the eight part Sky Atlantic original drama, which is due for release in April 2016.
In it, Fox plays Vanessa Hamilton, whose sinister business dealings are under investigation, and Clarke Peters stars as Sonny Persaud, a renowned academic whose estranged daughter Rosa suddenly re-surfaces in deadly circumstances. Angel Coulby is returning as Laura Roebuck alongside Con O’Neill, Johan Heldenbergh and Hannah John-Kamen completing the line-up.
The freshly promoted French Commander Elise Wasserman (Poesy) and British DCI Karl Roebuck (Dilane) have been living separate lives, but when two seemingly isolated events reunite them, they’re forced into a working relationship once more. A French couple is abducted from the Channel Tunnel, leaving behind a traumatised small child, Chloe Fournier. Events escalate from there in this thrilling drama, where nothing is as it seems and horror is just around the corner.
In other news, Sky Atlantic have picked up the third series of the critically acclaimed comedy The Trip, staring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan. Formally of the BBC, the programme has become one of the most beloved comedies of recent memory, so the capture of the third series is something of a coup for the company. Created and directed by Michael Winterbottom for Revolution Films, Sky Atlantic now hold exclusive rights.
In The Trip to Spain, Steve and Rob’s fictional selves head back out on their culinary quest to review food for the Independent. This time, they’re taking a road trip from the North Atlantic to the Mediterranean coast for a helping of impressions, food and gentle emotional revelations. It’s just another example of Sky making this exclusive Sky Atlantic channel a completely unmissable opportunity and driving potential customers to the Sky TV contact line.
Steve Coogan said: “Having thought long and hard about yet another sojourn into culinary distractions and middle age, I have reluctantly agreed to Eviva Espana. I have a hole in my diary, there will be free food and accommodation and Rob Brydon is surprisingly good company. I also like Michael.”
Rob Brydon said: “I’m looking forward to reuniting with Steve and Michael for The Trip to Spain.”
Michael Winterbottom said: “It has been more than three years since the last Trip, and travelling with Rob and Steve is always enjoyable – so it seemed like a good idea to go on another journey together – before they get too old.”
Zai Bennett, Director of Sky Atlantic, said: “The Trip is as close to perfection as you get in comedy. It’s a rare chance to watch comic masters, totally authoring their work with creative freedom. It’s an absolutely perfect fit for Sky Atlantic. We are very happy to ensure that this award-winning comedy will continue building on the channel’s relationships with Steve, Rob and Revolution Films showcasing our continued investment in top-flight original comedy.”
It’s Sky’s second comedy with Steve Coogan, after they also picked up the rights to produce and air the second series of Mid-Morning Matters, the latest TV outing of Alan Partridge, due to air this week.