One day they’ll run out of numbers but for now, Sky is reuniting with bestselling author Harlan Coben on The Four. The series is a stand-alone, character-driven thriller that tells the story of an idyllic family community irrevocably shattered by secrets, lies, suspicions and misguided trust. The new series follows the success enjoyed by both parties with The Five, Coben’s first original story for TV, which debuted in April on Sky 1 to critical acclaim.

The Four was commissioned by Sky Head of Drama Anne Mensah, Commissioning Editor Cameron Roach, and Director of Sky 1 Adam MacDonald. Studio Canal’s majority-owned Red production company, run by Nicola Shindler, again produces.

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“I am incredibly proud of what we all achieved with The Five,” said Harlan Coben. “Our goal from the start was to create a gripping crime drama that moved you, surprised you – and had a shocking and emotionally satisfying ending. I never wanted to make a sequel to The Five – that story has now been told — but rather, to start fresh and bring a whole new crime drama to the screen. Working with Nicola and Sky again was essential to ensure that creatively, The Four is brought to life in the way that we have imagined.”

The Four is an original story created by Coben and written by Danny Brocklehurst. Exec producers are Coben, Danny Brocklehurst and Nicola Shindler for Red.

 With more than 60 million books sold worldwide, Coben’s last nine novels have all debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. His books are published in 43 languages in more than 100 countries across the globe. His 2001 thriller, Tell No One, was adapted into a French-language movie by Guillaume Canet and, more recently, French channel TF1 adapted his bestselling novel No Second Chance into a six-part series that became the highest-rated French TV series in a decade.