Carnival Films, the NBC-Universal owned creator of ratings juggernaut Downton Abbey, is producing Jamestown, an eight part drama about the first British settlers embarking on their lives in America. The show was been commisioned by pan-Euro pay TV giant Sky. Bill Gallagher (The Paradise) has written the show. Max Beesley, Jason Flemyng, Dean Lennon-Kelly, Naomi Battrick, Sophie Rundle and Niamh Welsh are in the cast.

The story begins in 1619, with the settlers seeking to establish a community in America. Among those reaching the shores of the New World are a group of women destined to be married to Jamestown men.

Sky’s highly-respected head of drama Anne Mensah commissioned the show for the group along with commissioning editor Cameron Roach and director of Sky 1 Adam MacDonald. Carnival’s Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Richard Fell exec produce. Sue de Beauvoir produce. NBC-Universal will distribute internationally.