Seven new UK series in the works at Netflix
They were commissioned by the platform’s Original Series team.
Netflix has announced that it’s to develop seven new TV projects in the UK.
All of these will be written and produced here in Britain by a great selection of talented newcomers and existing stars.
Comedian and Sex Education writer Richard Gadd is to develop his acclaimed one man show Baby Reindeer which details his experiences of being stalked.
Sarah Dollard, Andrea Gibb and Corinna Faith, whose collective credits include Netflix’s upcoming period drama Bridgerton, Elizabeth is Missing and The Innocents, will adapt Frances Hardinge’s YA horror novel Cuckoo Song.
Andy Serkis will serve as an executive producer on the YA fantasy series Half Bad that follows a teenager caught between two warring factions of witches.
Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish will write and direct a supernatural action series titled Lockwood & Co. A team of teenage ghost hunters in London stumble upon a mystery that could change the course of history forever.
Renowned actor Rowan Atkinson is to star in a new comedy series called Man vs Bee about a house sitter who becomes embroiled in a vicious war with a bumblebee.
Sam Mendes will serve as an executive producer on The Red Zone, a comedy which is described as being “about football, but also not about football. Mainly it’s a story about the people and the surfaces that collide in the orbit of this strange, obsessional world of bluffers, sharks and genuine talent.”
Finally, Sophie Petzal, who served as a writer on acclaimed BBC series The Last Kingdom, will adapt Stuart Turton’s award-winning mystery novel The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.
“Setting up a team in the UK was always about being able to better connect to the fantastic program-makers we have here,” said Anne Mesah, leader of this Original Series team.
“To provide a space for writers, producers, directors and actors that feels local, friendly and familiar but also provides talent the opportunity to make shows that will impact on a global scale. UK-made stories really do speak to the world.”