It’s been a busy day over at Sky 1. After picking up three pilots and renewing four comedy series, the channel has given a series order to firefighter drama The Smoke and picked up a mini-series adaptation of J. Meade Falkner’s Moonfleet. Sky 1 is eyeing 2013 premieres for both The Smoke and Moonfleet.
The Smoke is a new drama series from writer Lucy Kirkwood & Kudos Film and TV, which follows a family of firemen and women who, no matter what, always have each other to fall back on. But being a hero isn’t easy, especially in a world that regularly disregards them, and it certainly doesn’t pay. Many crew members are forced to hold down other jobs on the side, taking some of them into the city’s after dark world. The stakes are high but, in The Smoke, it’s the very lives and souls of the White Watch crew that are at risk. Sky 1 has ordered eight episodes for the show’s first season.
Moonfleet is a two part mini-series based on the novel by J. Meade Falkner. Set in the small Dorset village of Moonfleet, the mini-series follows the young John Trenchard who is haunted by dreams of the legendary Blackbeard and captivated by the whereabouts of his fabled diamond. Desperate to join the local band of smugglers, a turn of events unites him with Elzevir, the leader of the gang. Together they embark on a danger-filled adventure to locate Blackbeard’s most treasured possession. Company Pictures is producing the adaptation that was written by Ashley Pharoah.