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Stan Lee’s first foray into British television has been a successful one.
Lucky Man, based on an idea by the comic legend and produced by NBCUniversal’s Carnival Films, has been renewed by Sky 1, the U.K. flagship network of European pay TV giant Sky, with a launch date in 2017.
The 10-part first season, which concludes Friday, is the channel’s highest-rated original drama of all time, with an average audience of 1.9 million, and is also the most-watched Sky 1 program on its online streaming service Now TV.
Set in the heart of London, the story follows down-on-his-luck murder detective Harry Clayton, played by James Nesbitt (The Missing, The Hobbit), who finds himself the owner of a magical charm and learns to deal with the consequences of a reversal in fortune.
“They say that you make your own luck, and I’m pleased to say that in this case we did,” said Nesbitt on the renewal. “I’m delighted that Lucky Man was so popular with viewers and look forward to being back on Sky 1 in 2017.”
Added Lee, whose one-page idea formed the basis for the story: “What a thrill it is that Lucky Man’s coming back for another sensational season! It’s going to be a terrific new ride with Harry and the gang, where fortune smiles on those who catch my king-sized cameo in season two!”
The first season was co-created and written by British filmmaker Neil Biswas, who explained to The Hollywood Reporter that his involvement in season two isn’t likely to be significant as he looks to direct his first feature, a psychological horror movie set in India.
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