The Midwich Cuckoos – Keeley Hawes & Max Beesley to Star

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Sky introduced as we speak casting information for Sky Unique drama The Midwich Cuckoos, a darkish, disturbing modern-day reimagining of John Wyndham’s basic science fiction novel of the identical identify. BAFTA-nominated Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard, It’s A Sin), and Max Beesley (The Outsider, Fits) are set to guide the line-up alongside Aisling Loftus (A Discovery of Witches), Ukweli Roach (Blindspot), Synnøve Karlsen (Final Night time In Soho, Clique), Lara Rossi (Robin Hood), Lewis Reeves (I Might Destroy You), Rebekah Staton (Raised by Wolves) and Anneika Rose (Line of Obligation).

The Midwich Cuckoos is about to start manufacturing in London in Might and has been tailored for the display screen by Emmy award-nominated author David Farr (The Night time Supervisor, Hanna). The eight-part collection is produced by Route 24 (backed by ITV Studios) and Snowed-In Productions, in affiliation with Sky Studios. The fashionable-day adaptation is about to air on Sky and streaming service NOW in 2022.

Midwich, a small English commuter city, is liberal and aspirational, populated by nuclear households and prosperous excessive streets. A spot the place nothing a lot occurs – and for an excellent cause.

That’s till the twilight hours of a summer time’s day when a sleepy nook of Midwich is plunged into panic. Folks go out on their toes with out warning, with out cause. Anybody who tries to enter meets the identical destiny. And no person can perceive why. When the mysterious blackout is lifted, life for these affected returns to obvious normality – besides each lady of child-bearing age contained in the zone has out of the blue and inexplicably fallen pregnant.

As information spreads and tensions simmer, it’s as much as gifted psychotherapist Dr Susannah Zellaby (Hawes) to assist assist these affected by means of the emotional wilderness. Susannah’s personal daughter, Cassie (Karlsen), has fallen pregnant and harbours deep considerations about who, or what, is behind this phenomenon.

Native officer DCI Paul Kirby (Beesley) is tasked with sustaining order however unbeknownst to all of them, a terrifying pressure is constructing within the snug streets of Midwich. These kids – potential parasites – flourish beneath the very love and care that their households give them. Who’re these kids? And what do they need?

The Midwich Cuckoos is an unnerving fable for our turbulent instances, an exhilarating, unusual and at instances horrifying journey into parenthood, which lays naked any guardian’s worst worry: that the factor most valuable to us – a toddler – would possibly need our destruction.

Gabriel Silver, Director of Commissioning for Drama stated, “From A Discovery of Witches to Patrick Melrose, we’ve had large success taking trendy classics from web page to display screen and giving them a contemporary, trendy, edge that’s distinctly Sky. When the chance arose to create a modern-day adaptation of the basic sci-fi novel that’s The Midwich Cuckoos, we jumped on the probability.”

David Farr, author and creator of The Midwich Cuckoos stated, “I first learn The Midwich Cuckoos once I was twelve. I used to be residing in a small city in 1980s Britain. The whole lot concerning the e book rang true to me and terrified me. An invasion of a small neighborhood by a hostile and ruthless pressure. Apparently harmless kids as a pressure of big malevolent energy. It received beneath my pores and skin.

“As I’ve grown older, the story has by no means ceased to exert a grip. The concept that we could delivery our personal destruction is so easy and scary. That as a mom or a father, the being we love most on the earth could activate us. It is the stuff of nightmares.”

Keeley Hawes, lead actor in The Midwich Cuckoos stated “I’m completely delighted to be working with Sky and the sensible Ruth Kenley-Letts on David Farr’s excellent adaptation of The Midwich Cuckoos. I’m very a lot trying ahead to working with the massively gifted Max Beesley and the superb solid and I can’t wait to enter the unusual and unsettling world of Midwich!”

The Midwich Cuckoos was commissioned for Sky by Zai Bennett, Sky UK’s Managing Director of Content material. Manpreet Dosanjh is the Commissioning Editor for Sky Studios. The collection is written by David Farr, Sasha Hails, Namsi Khan and Laura Lomas. Alice Troughton (Baghdad Central, Cucumber, A Discovery of Witches) is the lead director, with Jennifer Perrott (Gentleman Jack, Physician Who) serving as director. The collection is produced by Route 24 and Snowed-In Productions in affiliation with Sky Studios. The chief producers are Marc Samuelson and Robert Cheek for Route 24 and Ruth Kenley-Letts and Neil Blair for Snowed-In Productions. Collection producer is Eliza Mellor (Poldark, Behind Her Eyes).

The Midwich Cuckoos will transmit on Sky One and NOW within the UK and Eire and shall be accessible in all Sky markets. NBCUniversal International Distribution will deal with worldwide gross sales of the collection on behalf of Sky Studios.

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