Atlantic’s Little Birds has
added Hugh Skinner, Rossy De Palma, Nina Sosanya and Jean Marc-Barr to its
stellar cast, joining Juno Temple, Yumna Marwan and Raphael Acloque in the gripping
and sensual new drama series, produced by Warp Films.
The bold and
evocative six-part original series, written by Sophia
Al-Maria (The Girl Who Fell to Earth)
and directed by Stacie Passon (Billions,
House of Cards), commenced filming in Tarifa in Spain last week
before production moves to Manchester from May. The series will air on Sky
Atlantic and streaming service NOW TV in 2020.
Little Birds is
set in Tangier in 1955, in the famous ‘international zone’ - one of the last
outposts of colonial decadence, and a culture shock in more ways than one for
troubled American debutante Lucy Savage, played by BAFTA-winning Juno Temple (Dirty John, Atonement, Killer Joe,
Maleficent 1&2). Lucy desires an unconventional life free from the
society cage she’s been kept in and, along with Tangier itself, finds herself
on the cusp of achieving a painful yet necessary independence.
inspired by Anais Nin’s infamous collection of erotic short stories, Little Birds weaves
stories of love and desire together with personal drama and political intrigue,
set against a uniquely distinctive backdrop of hedonism and conflict.
Hugh Skinner (Fleabag, W1A) plays Hugo Cavendish-Smyth, an aristocratic English
Lord set to marry American heiress Lucy but whose heart lies elsewhere. A
complex and heart-breaking
character, Hugo is often torn between his unpredictable fiancée and his lover Adham
Abaza, a dashing Anglo-Egyptian played by Raphael Acloque (24: Legacy, The Secret Agent). Stylish, smart and witty, Adham is
the most eligible man in Tangier.
Yumna Marwan (Shankaboot) will
play Cherifa Lamour, a unique Moroccan dominatrix who services the diplomats and
foreigners of this colourful, bohemian world. Mercurial, passionate and
determined, Cherifa’s journey entwines the personal with the political as she
attempts to change the world around her with her strength and resilience. Her presence
enraptures Secretary Pierre Vaney, played by Jean-Marc Barr (The Cellar, Cut Off), who is desperately in love with her.
Spanish star Rossy De Palma (Broken Embraces, Julieta) embodies the charming,
witty and larger than life
Mandrax, the beating social heart of the colony. Nina Sosanya
(Marcella, Last Tango in Halifax, Killing Eve
2) will play the glamorous actress Lili Von X, who encourages Lucy to live
her life her way.
Little Birds joins a raft of recent commissions demonstrating Sky’s
continued investment in original content and commitment to supporting the
creative industry. It comes off the back of a record 16 BAFTA nominations for
Sky content announced last week. Forthcoming original dramas set to air on Sky
in 2019 include Catherine The Great, Chernobyl, Temple and
Riviera season 2.
Birds is produced by Warp Films. Executive
producers are Ruth McCance, Peter Carlton, Mark Herbert and Kara Manley. The
new 6x60 minute drama has been commissioned for Sky by director of drama
Cameron Roach and director of programmes for Sky entertainment UK & Ireland
Zai Bennett, and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
The series will also air on Sky in Spain.
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Notes to editors
Sky is Europe's leading entertainment company,
serving 23 million customers across seven countries - UK, Ireland, Germany,
Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. The company had annual reported revenues
of £12.9 billion in 2016/17, and is Europe’s leading investor in television
content with an annual programming spend of around £7 billion.
From exclusive partnerships with HBO, Showtime
and Warner Bros. to Sky Original Productions, Sky offers the best and broadest
range of content along with the best viewing experience to suit each and every
customer. Whether that’s through the multi-award winning next generation box,
Sky Q, or Sky’s contract-free online streaming service, NOW TV, customers have
access to the latest movies, drama, sports and kids entertainment wherever and
whenever they like. This is all supported by Sky’s best in class customer
Sky’s success is not just based on what the
company does but how it does it. Three new major commitments have been launched
for Sky’s corporate campaign Sky Ocean Rescue; the reduction of our own
single-use plastics by 2020; an investment fund of £25 million over five years
in technology solutions; and support of marine protected areas across our
Sky has over 31,000 employees and is listed as
one of The Times Top 50 employers for women, as well as being recognised
in the Stonewall list of Top 50 LGBT-inclusive employers. Sky is listed on the
London Stock Exchange (SKY).
About Warp Films
Established in 2002, Warp
Films is one of the most exciting and respected production companies in the UK
Known for their multi
award-winning film and television, Warp Films are committed to collaborating
with and supporting top creative talent in the UK and abroad; and launched the
feature debuts of directors such as Paul King, Chris Morris, Yann Demange and
Paddy Considine. From award-winning feature films Submarine, Four
Lions and ’71, to multi BAFTA-winning returning TV series This Is England,
international drama The Last Panthers and critically-acclaimed Southcliffe; Warp’s mission is to provide a distinctive window on the world, and tell stories that may be funny or serious,
mainstream or controversial, but always with heart.
include feature film Ghost Stories by writer-directors Jeremy
Dyson and Andy Nyman; and Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie.
Warp’s international ambitions are supported by ITV Global, and by friends and
collaborators from around the world.
Our current slate has a range of ambitious sci-fi, controversial emotional
drama, heist thrillers, literary adaptations, historical mysteries and much
productions include Everybody’s Talking
About Jamie a feature adaptation of the hit musical in collaboration with
Film4 and New Regency; Little Birds a
period drama series inspired by the writings of Anaïs Nin for Sky Atlantic; and
The Virtues an original series from
writer-director Shane Meadows and co-writer Jack Thorne for Channel 4.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment
Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS
GE) is one of the world’s
leading international TV distribution, home entertainment, publishing,
merchandising and licensing businesses. ITVS GE distributes more than 45,000
hours of celebrated content across all genres from both its in-house production
business, ITV Studios, and in collaboration with leading producers from around
ITV PLC, which includes the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, ITV Studios
Global Entertainment has offices in London, Hong Kong, Paris, Germany, Nordics,
Los Angeles and Sydney.