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Sky announces new original drama Curfew starring Sean Bean

Tuesday, January 30th 2018 by Emma Woollacott

Sky has announced a new drama that has more than a whiff of The Fast and The Furious about it, centring on an illegal street race.

Starring Sean Bean, Curfew follows the story of a group of ordinary people racing through the night from London to the far north of Scotland.

Risking everything in the world's fastest illegal night-time street race, they thrash their pimped-up, weaponised vehicles to win the ultimate prize – freedom from the totalitarian government curfew that controls their lives.

Curfew is an eight-part Sky Original production created by Tiger Aspect Productions in association with Moonage Pictures. It's written and executive produced by Matthew Read (Pusher) and directed by Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders).

"When Sky does dramas about car races, we do them like no other broadcaster. Funny, emotionally truthful, visceral and above all fast – Curfew is the perfect Sky One show," says Sky's head of drama Anne Mensah.

"Matthew Read has created fantastically memorable, sometimes shocking, always fascinating characters. You'll want every single one of them to win the race of their lives."

Also starring Adrian Lester (Riviera, Hustle), Phoebe Fox (Blue Iguana, Intrigo: Samaria), and Malachi Kirby (Black Mirror, Roots), Curfew will be available exclusively on Sky One and TV streaming service NOW TV next year.

'Such a bold and ambitious show'

"Sky have been incredibly supportive throughout the development of such a bold and ambitious show, and I couldn't be more pleased by the creative team that has been assembled to deliver a story that we have filled with as much excitement, emotion and dynamism as possible," says Read.

Late last year, Sky announced plans to increase its original programming budget by a quarter, investing £7bn over the course of this year.

It's promising more than 50 Sky Original Productions, including 24 returning series and brand new commissions too such as Britannia - the most recommended television show of 2018 - which launched last week on Sky Atlantic.

Sky has also announced regal drama Catherine the Great, set to start filming this year and starring Helen Mirren. There is also to be a new series of Riviera, the fast-paced thriller starring Julia Stiles, which Sky says is its best-performing original series so far.

Other new content from Sky this year features names such as Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch, Suranne Jones, Lennie James, Jack Whitehall, James Nesbitt, David Morrissey, Dawn French, Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters.

The company's working hard to face up to competition from Netflix and Amazon, both of which are investing heavily in original content. This year, Sky plans to release four original drama series every quarter.

Last year, it switched strategy from simply being a distributor for HBO to sign a 250m USD co-production deal with the Time Warner-owned cable and satellite broadcaster.

It's also recently launched Sky Cinema Original Films, and is set to release at least half a dozen new movies this year by acquiring exclusive rights, commissioning original productions and signing co-financing deals.

To watch original dramas on Sky Atlantic you'll either need a Sky TV subscription, which means the Sky Entertainment package for £20 a month, or a NOW TV entertainment pass for £7.99 a month following a 14-day free trial.

Sky One, as well as being part of the Sky Entertainment package and NOW TV pass, is also available from TV providers including Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk.

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