Sky news update: Following customer demands for new, original entertainment, Sky have announced the production and filming of four new dramas for Sky TV. The commissioned programmes look set to include a new medical drama that should be pumped full of action and vibrancy called ‘Critical’ and a psychological thriller crossed with period drama starring Billie Piper and Rory Kinnear titled ‘Penny Dreadful’ and following the life of an Irish immigrant in Victorian London escaping her past. The final two pieces will be added to the growing calibre of shows under the umbrella ‘Playhouse Presents…’. These films have made a big impact on the entertainment world already and will be hotly anticipated by those who are a fan of edgy, dramatic films that investigate their topics in great depth. ‘Nightshift’ and ‘Foxtrot’ are welcomed as the two dramas for ‘Playhouse Presents..’ with the former featuring Ashley Walters and Daniel Mays as south-east London police officers discussing everthing. The world, life, the universe and everything in it. Presumably not reaching the same conclusion as Douglas Adams’ characters and stating that the meaning of life is 42. The latter, stares Billie Piper also but this time alongside Ben Whishaw and Lindsay Duncan as the three negotiate a gang heist that goes wrong. Early reports of ‘Critical’ indicate that it has come from the mind of Jed Mercurio and will be a 13-part series featured on Sky 1. The idea that it will unfold in real-time has been floated too, with it most likely being taken up to add that extra nugget of intrigue. Sky Atlantic will be treated to ‘Penny Dreadful’ with Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and a whole host of other joining Piper and Kinnear in Victorian London, coming face to face with some of Literature’s most terrifying creations. The excitement that is building around these programmes is gradually becoming more and more palpable. The Director of Sky Entertainment, Stuart Murphy, has made his feelings very clear stating that he is ‘so happy’ with the original dramas that have already been featured on Sky Atlantic, Sky 1 and Sky Arts. The creation of the programmes has been a delight for all involved and Murphy and Cameron Roach, the Head of Drama, are looking to constantly expand the programmes offered to their customers. They have, to date, invested £600 million over a three year period to get a greater number of British-made programmes on their television screens by 2014.
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