Sky has announced the production of a brand new 8-part supernatural crime thriller ‘The Rising’, adapted from the Belgian crime thriller ‘Hotel Beau Séjour.’
The series will be the first produced entirely in-house from Sky Studios, Sky’s production and development arm, who are working with executive producer Julian Stevens, producer of ‘The Fall’ (BBC Two) and ‘Informer’ (BBC Two).
The thriller will follow the story of Neve Kelly (Rugaard), who discovers that she is dead. She’s scared and confused by this new existence. But, when she realises she has been murdered, she’s furious. She’s determined to find her killer and get justice, believing that it was someone she knew.
Impulsive and restless, Neve regrets never leaving her isolated community. And, as she comes to terms with her abilities, she begins to destabilise the lives of those she left behind. Particularly her estranged father, Tom (Daniel Ings) and her beloved mother Maria (Emily Taaffe).
Neve is a disruptive, unsettling hero who should not exist, and she needs to find her purpose. She takes us through the investigation into her death, going where the police can’t. In the process, she uncovers deeply buried secrets and is forced to re-examine everything about her life and the people she cared about.
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With nothing to lose but time, Neve will push for the truth even when it hurts. Her return forces everyone around her to change, confess, or start covering their tracks. But, it also reveals that there are others like her out there…
The series is described as a story about love, justice and the cost of pursuing the truth in a world that wants to keep it hidden.
It will star a fresh line up of young emerging talent including Clara Rugaard (I Am Mother) as protagonist Neve, Nenda Neururer (A Brief History of Struggle) as the irreverent Alex Wyatt who has recently returned to the area after three years away and Solly McLeod (Boxing Day) as Joseph Wyatt, Alex’s cousin and Neve’s longstanding boyfriend. Daniel Ings (I Hate Suzie), Emily Taaffe (Rare Beasts), Alex Lanipekun (Spooks) and Robyn Cara (Ackley Bridge) are also set to star.
Serena Thompson serves as Executive Producer for Sky Studios. Charlotte Wolf (The Last Kingdom) will serve as Associate Producer. The eight-part, one-hour episode series will be executive produced by Julian Stevens (The Fall, The Missing) and Pete McTighe (A Discovery of Witches). Ed Lilly (Industry) will serve as lead director for the series and acts as Associate Producer for the first two episodes. The series is written by Pete McTighe, alongside a writing team of Charlene James (A Discovery of Witches), Roanne Bardsley (Free Rein), Gemma Hurley (Host) and Laura Grace (Das Boot).
The Belgian crime thriller Hotel Beau Séjour is produced by De Mensen and created by Nathalie Basteyns, Kaat Beels, Sanne Nuyens & Bert Van Dael for Eén. LS Distribution (Mediawan group) secured international distribution rights for the Dutch-Language television series.
In the UK, Ireland, Italy and Germany, the series will launch on Sky One in 2022. In the UK, Ireland and Italy, it will also be available on streaming service NOW.