Sky Reveals First Look Trailer for New Original Drama Blocco 181

Wednesday 27 April 2022

The first Italian in-house production from Sky Studios, with TapelessFilm and Red Joint Film

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Sky today release the official trailer for brand new Sky Original Blocco 181 from Sky Italia, coming soon to Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK on 21st June.

Blocco 181 explores love and crime, set to the rhythms of rap and reggaeton, in a hyper-real, ultra-colourful and multicultural Milan. This new Sky Original series is a dark fairy tale, starring Italian rap-music pioneer Salmo, who also acts as music supervisor and creative producer. The eight-part series is the first Italian in-house production from Sky Studios, with TapelessFilm and Red Joint Film.

Blocco 181 Trailer

Blocco 181 Images

Set in the fictional block 181, an imposing apartment complex on the hidden outskirts of Milan, the series follows the story of block residents Bea (Laura Osma – El Chapo), Ludo (Alessandro Piavani - Blanca, House of Gucci) and Mahdi (Andrea Dodero - The Good Mothers, Non Odiare). These three characters at the heart of the story come from different backgrounds but are brought together by a strong bond; Bea is a Latin-American girl, torn between loyalty to her family, the dangerous Misa gang, and a desire to change her life, whilst Ludo and Mahdi are two friends that come from different social classes but are as close as brothers. A dangerous triangle ultimately forms that challenges the rules of their social identities, as the trio navigate love, family, sex, crime, and emancipation (full synopsis below).

Alongside his creative roles, Salmo makes his acting debut as Snake, the (armed) right-hand man to Lorenzo (Alessandro Tedeschi - Petra, Curon, Non Mentire), a drug dealer and childhood friend of Rizzo (Alessio Praticò - Il Miracolo, Il Cacciatore, Il Traditore), the neighbourhood ‘boss’.

The series is directed by Giuseppe Capotondi (Suburra – La serie, La Doppia Ora) with Ciro Visco (Gomorrah, Non mi lasciare, Doc – Nelle tue mani) and Matteo Bonifazio. Screenwriters Paolo Vari, Francesca De Lisi, Dario Bonamin, Mirko Cetrangolo, and Marco Borromei worked on the show concept. The screenplay is by Francesca De Lisi, Dario Bonamin, Andrea Nobile, along with Giuseppe Capotondi, Matteo Bonifazio, Paolo Vari, and Stefano Voltaggio. Blocco 181 is produced by Sky Studios, with TapelessFilm and Red Joint Film.

Blocco 181 will be available in all Sky markets including UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Austria & Switzerland.

For further information please contact:

Annie McMonagle-Wilmot, annie.mcmonagle-wilmot@premiercomms.com

Emma Hall, Emma.Hall@premiercomms.com

Notes to editors

Full series synopsis

Blocco 181 is the Milan that is never shown. A swath of the city’s outskirts centred around a hive of illegal flats, a place where suspicious, threatening looks are exchanged daily. On one hand, there are the kids from the block who protect the cocaine dealers. On the other hand, there are the pandilleros of Misa, who are hungry, and ready to give up their lives for their gang. As guns and machetes are brandished, an intimate, passionate love story comes to the fore. It includes Bea, a sensual and fearless pandillera; Ludo, a middle-class party boy; and Mahdi, a protective guy from the block. Their relationship is all about sex, friendship, and belonging to a new sort of family, which will see them making their way up through the criminal hierarchy together, as the Latinos and kids from the block battle it out.

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