Sky Orders Crime Event Series Created by Author Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben
Miriam Berkley

'The Four,' an eight-part drama from the best-selling author is written by Danny Brocklehurst.

Pan-European pay TV giant Sky's Sky 1 flagship channel in the U.K. is expanding its drama lineup with crime event series The Four, from international best-selling U.S. author Harlan Coben, his second project for the company.

The Four is created by Coben (Tell No One), known for his mysteries and thrillers, and written by Danny Brocklehurst. Executive producers are Coben, Brocklehurst and Nicola Shindler for Red Production Company.

The Four, which comes from producer Red Production Company, will be an eight-part thriller that follows the success of Coben’s first original story for TV, The Five, which debuted on Sky 1 in April. 

The network described The Four as "a stand-alone, character-driven thriller that tells the chilling story of an idyllic family community irrevocably shattered by secrets, lies, suspicions and misguided trust." The series was ordered by Sky’s head of drama Anne Mensah, commissioning editor Cameron Roach and director of Sky 1 Adam MacDonald.

Sky's other original dramas have included the likes of The Last Panthers and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man.

"I am incredibly proud of what we all achieved with The Five," said Coben. "Our goal from the start was to create a gripping crime drama that moved you, surprised you — and had a shocking and emotionally satisfying ending. I never wanted to make a sequel to The Five — that story has now been told — but rather, to start fresh and bring a whole new crime drama to the screen."

With more than 60 million books sold worldwide, Coben’s last nine novels all debuted at No.1 on the New York Times best-seller list. His books are published in 43 languages in more than 100 countries.

Red Production Company is part of StudioCanal's international network of indies.