The 13 episode drama series is being produced by Impossible Pictures and follows the adventures of Sinbad, who is on the run from his home town of Basra and under a curse for a killing that led to the death of his much-loved brother. Sinbad finds himself cast out to sea on The Providence, a ship filled with a range of intriguing characters. After surviving a violent and magical storm, both Sinbad and his fellow shipmates are forced to band together to face their inner demons, hopes, loves and fears. Sinbad must embark on an epic and emotional quest to rid himself of the curse and embrace his destiny.
Sinbad stars newcomer Elliot Knight as Sinbad, Naveen Andrews (Lost) as Lord Akbiri, Sinbad’s archer nemesis who will stop at nothing to destroy the young hero, Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) as Razia, the Queen of the Water-Thieves, Timothy Spall (Secrets and Lies, Harry Potter) as Anicetus, The Old Man of the Sea, Dame Janet Suzman as Sinbad’s grandmother, Elliot Cowan (Marchlands) as Norwegian sailor Gunnar, Marama Corlett (The Devil’s Double) as jewell thief Rina, Estella Daniels (Thorne) as Nala, Junix Inocian (The 51st State) as the cook on board The Providence and Dimitri Leonidas (Grange Hill) as Anwar, an eccentric character and the ship’s cerebral doctor.
The long gestating series was originally ordered by Sky 1’s Head of Drama, Elaine Pyke, back in August 2010, with principal photography having started on the series in March 2011 in Malta. BBC Worldwide is handling international distribution for the series, which has already been sold to Nine Network in Australia, Space in Canada and Canal+ in France.