Drama Matters on Sky Living

It was in January this year that BSkyB-owned Sky Living unveiled plans for a season of five drama pilots.

But what was then known as the Reckless season will now be known as Drama Matters, after the network unveiled further information about the shows that will air this autumn.

The first three titles announced were The Last Witch (1×60′), Talking to the Dead (2×60′) and Rubenesque (1×60′).

Completing the quintet will be Lawless and The Psychopath Next Door.

Lawless, written by Jacquetta May (Torchwood) and produced by Shed Media-owned Twenty Twenty, stars Suranne Jones as a new judge battling to keep her head above water in the murky depths of the justice system. Jonathan Cake, Chris Coghill and Lindsay Duncan also star.

Lawless

Lawless

The Psychopath Next Door is by Julie Rutterford and produced by ITV Studios. It stars Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) in a creepy drama about what happens when evil moves in next door.

The Psychopath Next Door

The Psychopath Next Door

The Last Witch, from writer Sally Wainwright, will see Katharine Kelly and Anne Reid appear alongside Gregg Chillin, James Thornton and Maimie McCoy in a supernatural tale about two feuding sisters who are reunited after centuries apart. It is produced by Red Production Company.

The Last Witch

The Last Witch

Talking to the Dead, an adaptation of Harry Bingham’s novel, sees Sophie Rundel play a rookie cop with a brilliant mind, a mysterious past and an empathy with the dead. She will star with Russell Tovey, Mark Lewis Jones, Christine Tremarco, Lois Winstone and Keith Allen in the two-parter written by Gwyneth Hughes and coproduced by Warp Films and Bonafide Films.

Rubenesque is about a female football referee who becomes a plus-size model. Written by Annie Griffin, who also directs, it stars Gemma Fay with Freema Agyeman, Daniela Nardini and Gabriel Quigley in a coproduction from Kudos Film and Television and Pirate Productions.

Source: BSkyB