'Life on Mars' stars reunite for 'Mad Dogs'

Philip Glenister, John Simm join Sky1 HD drama thriller

LONDON -- "Life on Mars" stars Philip Glenister and John Simm are to reunite in a new Sky1 HD thriller "Mad Dogs," about a group of friends who get caught up in a murderous adventure.

Produced by the same indie behind the Kenneth Branagh detective drama "Wallander," Left Bank Pictures, and scripted by Cris Cole, the 4x60 drama is slated for broadcast next spring.

Glenister and Simm will star alongside Max Beasley and Marc Warren as four forty-somethings who become embroiled in a violent murder when they travel to a friend's retirement party on the Spanish island of Majorca.

The 4x60 drama will begin filming in Majorca later this month and will air in spring 2010. The darkly comic production is yet another big-budget glossy British produced commission from Sky 1, which has ramped up its original drama slate over the last eighteen months while other broadcasters are still feeling the pinch.

"Strike Back," another Left Bank production is currently on air, while "Going Postal," the TV adaptation of the Terry Pratchett fantasy novel, is set to air later this month.

Elaine Pyke, Sky's head of drama, described the show as a "fantastically well-constructed" psychological thriller. "When I first read the script I was immediately grabbed by how thrilling, scary and funny it is. This is a hugely exciting, ambitious project and it's the perfect show for Sky1."
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