European pay TV giant Sky has ordered eight-part original series Temple, an adaptation of Norwegian drama Valkyrien, that will star Mark Strong (Kingsman), Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones) and Daniel Mays (Line of Duty).
The darkly comic thriller is set in the secret world beneath London and is written by playwright Mark O’Rowe (Boy A). Production will start in September.
“Deep below the streets of London, descending past Temple tube [station] in the beating heart of the city, lies a dark secret,” according to a show description. “An illegal clinic has been set up in an abandoned subterranean network of tunnels.”
Daniel, played by Strong, is a surgeon driven by personal tragedy to treat anyone who is willing to pay for medical help outside the system. Aided by a disgruntled transport employee (Mays) and a guilt-ridden medical researcher (van Houten), “they treat a variety of increasingly desperate and highly dangerous patients, as Daniel’s morality is tested to the limit,” according to the description. “Temple is a story of fate, chaos and consequence and asks how far you would go to save the person you love.”
Hera Pictures will produce the series.
“Mark O’Rowe has created a complex and multi-faceted character in Daniel — a man pushed to the extreme as his world is radically destabilized,” said Strong. “Temple is a gripping and humane morality tale for our time.”
Said Liza Marshall, head of Hera Pictures: “After the success of Riviera, I am thrilled to be working with Sky again on my first production for Hera. I think the audience will love the world of Temple and its darkly funny take on life.”