Idris Elba, Christina Hendricks and Tim Roth are among the award-winning actors signed up to front six star-studded original dramas for Sky.
Elba will team up with writer and director John Ridley – who won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for 12 Years A Slave – in six-part drama Guerrilla.
The story follows a young couple whose relationship is tested when they form a radical underground cell in 1970s London with the aim of bringing down the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.
Golden Globe-winner Elba said Ridley’s writing on the Sky Atlantic drama is “nothing short of a masterclass in character building and storytelling. TV is in for a treat”.
Across the Atlantic, ex-Met Police officer Jim Worth (Tim Roth) swaps the stress of policing London’s streets for a new life in an idyllic town in the Canadian Rocky Mountains for 10-part series Tin Star.
His world is shattered when a wave of migrant workers bring trouble to the town and assassins are sent after his family, with Christina Hendricks playing the woman leading the cover-up.
Jumping to the south of France, 10-part series Riviera will jet in during 2017, featuring the Bourne franchise’s Julia Stiles. She stars as the widow of billionaire Constantine Clios, who discovers her world of luxury and privilege is built on murder and lies – and has to work out how far she will go to maintain it.
She said: “What attracted me to Riviera is the setting, a romantic and glamorous world where not everything is as it seems, and the opportunity to explore a character who is also not as she appears. Georgina is the classic anti-hero, ultimately a good person, but compromised by the corruption around her.”
Joining Sky 1’s new selection of dramas is Delicious, starring comedian Dawn French.
She promises “Cornwall, summer, sunshine and the other S word” in the tale of passionate cook Gina, her hotelier ex-husband, his new wife, and a secret that is set to disrupt all of their lives.
From the producers behind Downton Abbey comes new frontier drama Jamestown, following a group of women who must survive birth, marriage and death in an inhospitable wilderness as they attempt to build a new life in America among the first British settlers.
Written by Lark Rise To Candleford’s Bill Gallagher, the cast is packed with talented British actors including Max Beesley, Sophie Rundle, Burn Gorman, Naomi Battrick and Niamh Walsh.
Finally, uniting for Sky 1’s latest family must-see are Ricky Tomlinson, Game of Thrones’ John Bradley and Ellise Chappell in the tale of orphan Jennifer Strange, who discovers her destiny is to become The Last Dragonslayer.
Based on the first of Jasper Fforde’s series of novels, the family fantasy adventure will blend modern and medieval with magic as Jennifer reluctantly hunts the Ununited Kingdom’s last dragon.
The new shows will join other original dramas in 2016-17, including the return of Penny Dreadful, Fortitude, Agatha Raisin, The Tunnel: Sabotage and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, plus new series The Young Pope, starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton and directed by Paolo Sorrentino.