Rupert Grint, Don Johnson to Star in U.K. Comedy Series 'Sick Note' for Sky Atlantic

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Rupert Grint

Nick Frost also will feature in the show about a compulsive liar, played by the 'Harry Potter' star, and a lie that spirals out of control.

Pay TV giant Sky's Sky Atlantic network, which features hit dramas from the likes of HBO and Showtime, on Tuesday said that Rupert Grint (Harry Potter films), Don Johnson and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) will star in new comedy series Sick Note.

Set to air on Sky Atlantic in early 2017, the six-part show is "about how desperate a person’s actions can become when a lie starts to spiral out of control."

Produced by British production company King Bert, which was founded by producer Jo Sargent (Absolutely Fabulous) and comedy writers and performers David Walliams and Miranda Hart, the show is created and written by Nat Saunders and James Serafinowicz. Matt Lipsey (Little Britain) will direct

The series follows Daniel Glass (Grint), "a compulsive liar, who’s stuck in a failing relationship and a dead end job, where he is under the thumb of his irrepressible boss Kenny West (Don Johnson)," according to a plot description. "And just when things couldn’t get any worse, he’s diagnosed with esophageal cancer. However, everyone starts to treat him better because of his diagnosis and suddenly Daniel finds he has a new lust for life. But then he finds out he was misdiagnosed by the most incompetent oncologist on Earth, Dr. Ian Glennis (Nick Frost) and that’s when Daniel has a big decision to make: come clean and go back to his old rubbish life, or keep this new information a secret and pretend to be ill."

Said Zai Bennett, director of Sky Atlantic: “We’re delighted to welcome the stellar cast of Rupert Grint, Nick Frost and Don Johnson to Sky Atlantic in this smart new original comedy. They join a high-end stable of U.S. hits like Veep and Silicon Valley alongside great original comedy from the likes of Julia Davis and Steve Coogan.”

International distribution for the series will be handled by Sky Vision. Principal photography is underway.