The Sky series is based on Belgian Series Hotel Beau Séjour and will shoot in the Lake District next month.
Billed as having a distinctive tone and visual style, The Rising is a story about love, justice, and the cost of pursuing the truth in a world that wants to keep it hidden. The eight-part series centres on a woman who discovers she is dead. Scared and confused by this new existence she realises she has been murdered. Believing that it was someone she knew, she sets out to find her killer and get justice.
Joining the cast are Nenda Neururer (A Brief History of Struggle) and Alex Lanipekun (Spooks).
The series, which premieres in 2022, is written by Pete McTighe (A Discovery of Witches) alongside Charlene James (A Discovery of Witches), Roanne Bardsley (Free Rein), Gemma Hurley (Host), and Laura Grace (Das Boot). Industry director Ed Lilly is the lead director and associate producer of the series, which is executive produced by Serena Thompson for Sky Studios, Julian Stevens (The Fall), and McTighe. Charlotte Wolf is associate producer.
The Rising was commissioned by Zai Bennett, managing director of content at Sky UK, and Manpreet Dosanjh, commissioning editor for Sky Studios. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle international sales.
Stevens said: “The unique concept behind The Rising grabbed me instantly. It’s a powerful story with a strong and unexpected protagonist at the heart of it. We explore subverting tropes throughout, giving agency to our central character and allowing much of the narrative to be told from her perspective. It’s a pleasure to be working with Sky and our brilliant team on such a compelling and dynamic show.”
Jane Millichip, Sky Studios’ chief content officer, said: “Following a successful production collaboration on The Third Day, The Rising is the first series produced entirely in-house at Sky Studios. It re-enforces our ambition and commitment to building high-quality production capability that sits alongside our work with independents.“
Alex Lanipekun (Homeland, The Titan) is repped by United agents the literary & talent agency. Nenda Neururer is repped by Roxanna Vacca Management.