After airing the second season of Alan Partridge’s Mid Morning Matters last year, Sky Atlantic is cutting to new documentary, Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle. The one-off will air May 30 in the UK with Steve Coogan reprising his long-running role as the socially awkward North Norfolk digital radio DJ. Coogan, whose Shepherds And Butchers premiered in Berlin, is next up in the voice cast of Universal/Illumination’s The Secret Life Of Pets and is filming Oren Moverman’s drama The Dinner. He periodically returns to the Partridge character whom he created in 1991 with Armando Iannucci. In 2013, Partridge made his feature debut with Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. In Scissored Isle, he attempts to make amends after a controversial on-air incident, journeying into an unreported Britain, inhabited by the very people he had offended. There, he’ll ask whether, in this once united kingdom, a ‘schasm’ has formed between the haves and the have-nots (or haven’ts). Coogan says, “It’s great to see Alan tackle the big issues of poverty and disenfranchised youth with the same clumsy ham-fistedness we would usually expect from George Osborne.” The series is a Baby Cow Production, produced by Ted Dowd and written by Rob Gibbons, Neil Gibbons and Coogan. Sky Vision has international distribution.
BBC One drama Ordinary Lies has set its cast for the second season. Filming is just beginning on the series created by Danny Brocklehurst and produced by Red Production Company (Happy Valley) which explores the lives, loves and lies of a workforce at the call center and warehouse of a sports sales company in Wales. Welsh comedian Griff Rhys Jones heads the new cast with Angela Griffin (Inspector Lewis), Rebekah Staton (Raised By Wolves), Matt Di Angelo (Hustle), Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat), Con O’Neill (Happy Valley) and Joel Fry (Game Of Thrones) among the new lineup. The first season ran last year and reached an average consolidated audience of over 6M viewers. Jill Halfpenny (In The Club), Elen Rhys (Silent Witness), Gareth Pierce (Stella), Luke Bailey (Casualty) and former Hear’Say singer Noel Sullivan round out the cast of the new season. Brocklehurst and Nicola Shindler exec produce for Red with Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC.
Russian public broadcaster, Russia Television and Radio, has commissioned the first official remake of NBCUniversal International Formats’ iconic drama, House. The adaptation will air on flagship channel, Rossiya 1. Non-Stop Production, producers of the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated Leviathan, will begin production on 40-episodes next month. Starring in the role originated by Hugh Laurie is Leviathan’s Aleksei Serebryakov. Non-Stop’s other credits include box office smash Stalingrad, as well as the TV adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novel Demons. Executive producers are Ekaterina Efanova for Rossiya 1 and Sergey Melkumov and Alexander Rodnyansky (Cloud Atlas) for Non-Stop.
EOne has sold AMC’s martial arts drama Into The Badlands to more than 260 territories worldwide, the company said today on the eve of the Mip-TV market in Cannes. Recent deals include Amazon in the UK and Germany; HBO in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden; Universum in Austria, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland; Viacom in Italy; and TV2 in Norway. The news follows AMC’s renewal of the series for a 10-episode second season. Previous deals include with LeTV in China, Foxtel in Australia, and AMC Global in over 125 countries. Into The Badlands last year scored the third highest-rated first season in U.S. cable TV history. Set in a devastated future world controlled by powerful feudal barons, it’s the story of a ruthless warrior, Sunny (Daniel Wu), and a young boy, MK (Aramis Knight), who embark on a spiritual odyssey across a dangerous land.