Sky will broadcast its new £25m series Fortitude simultaneously in all five of its European territories, as it aims to capitalise on the recently completed takeovers of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia. The drama, starring Christopher Eccleston, Sir Michael Gambon, Stanley Tucci and Sofie Gråbøl, will form the vanguard of the enlarged group’s plan to exploit its investments in programming across Europe. Fortitude, a 12-part crime thriller set in an isolated Arctic community, will debut simultaneously on January 29 in Britain, German, Italy, Ireland and Austria. It will also air on the same day in the US on the pay-TV channel Pivot, which part-funded the production. Sky said the drama has already been the biggest success to date for its international rights business. So far it has been pickled up by broadcasters in 13 more countries, including across Scandinavia, the source of the recent boom in dark crime series.
It is a measure of the gamble being taken by Sky with its latest drama epic, Fortitude, that the series, starring Stanley Tucci and Sofie Gråbøl, is said to have cost more than the annual budget of the Sky Arts channel.
The Arctic circle murder mystery, which co-stars Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and Call The Midwife’s Jessica Raine, is the broadcaster’s biggest play yet in its attempt to persuade viewers that it can match the best of what US TV, such as Game of Thrones producer HBO, has to offer.
The opening episode of the 12-part drama, which cost an estimated £25m to bring to the screen and begins on Sky Atlantic in January, is relentlessly unsettling and claustrophobic, a blizzard (literally) of intrigue, infidelity, corruption and murder.
If its clearest ancestor is David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, which will return for a new series in 2016, Fortitude also reflects a burgeoning appetite among viewers for darker, more complex narratives.
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