Sky Arts Unveils New ‘Playhouse Presents’ Season, Matthew Perry, Jo Brand & More To Star

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Sky Arts is bringing back its Playhouse Presents strand for another season.

The yearly strand comprises of comedy and drama one-offs both from and featuring top talent within the industry. In the past, Sky Arts has also selected certain one-offs from the Playhouse Presents strand, notably Nixon’s The One, to be brought back for full series.

The new run of one-offs, which are being produced by indies Sprout Pictures, Emu Films, Hillbilly Television, Baby Cow Productions, Runaway Fridge, What Larks, World Pictures and Cajun Pictures, is set begin airing on the channel this May and will continue through late June.

The eight new episodes features top talent both in front and behind the camera, with one drama being toplined by Friends alum Matthew Perry – in what is his UK television debut. Other talent lined up for this season of Playhouse Presents includes Jo Brand, Daniel Mays (who was also just cast in ITV’s The Great Fire), Billie Piper, Peter Straughan, Nick Moran and Jon Ronson.

“What a phenomenal line-up for this year’s Playhouse Presents”, said Sky Arts Director James Hunt. “Sky Arts has built on its huge success in comedy and drama over the past two years, we’re delighted that such outstanding writers, directors and actors, all at the very top of their game want to come and ‘play’ with us”.

Full Details Of The New Playhouse Presents Episodes Follow Below:

The Dog Thrower

Penned and directed by Jon Ronson, The Dog Thrower follows Jonah who, whilst at the park, sees a Charismatic Man throwing his dog in the air to the crowd’s enchantment. So Jonah, wanting to be popular, starts to throw his dog in the air too. Disastrous consequences ensue. Matthew Perry, Tim Key and Kimerley Nixon star. The one-off also features an exclusive score by Belle and Sebastian.

Nosferatu In Love

This one-off tells the story of a movie actor whose latest gig is starring as Nosferatu. When his young wife leaves him, he runs away to a small Czech town and teams up with petty crook. Penned and directed by Peter Straughan, Nosferatu In Lobe stars Low Winter Sun alum Mark Strong.

The Cruise

Stewart Sugg’s The Cruise follows Jacky, a mobile hairdresser who, along with her husband Andy, has been dreaming of going on a cruise for years. Now, just a week away from their holiday, Andy is getting cold feet. Is this down to Jacky’s desire to enter the cruise ship talent contest, or is there something more peculiar behind Andy’s resistance to this trip of a lifetime? Produced by Emu Films, the one-off stars Jane Horrocks and Jason Watkins.

Nighshift

This drama follows two coppers as they cruise the streets of South East London in the small hours discussing life, the universe and everything else amidst the surreal world of the night. Produced by World Productions and Cajun Pictures, Nightshift stars Daniel Mays, Ashley Walters and Scarlett Alice Johnson.

Foxtrot

Penned by Polly Stenham, Foxtrot tells the story of a contemporary ill-fated girl gang heist. Billie Piper, Ben Wishaw, Lindsay Duncan and Alice Sanders star.

Space Age

A drama set in the distant future in which mankind is in need of desperate measures to ease the swelling overpopulation of earth. The solution; send elderly volunteers – men and women who would rather die alone on a distant planet than live out their last years in nursing homes – to prepare new worlds for human settlement. On board the star-ship, our intrepid space travellers contemplate the enormity of their mission, the importance of purpose, and even the definition of life itself. Space Age was written by Nick Moran & Ralf Little and stars Richard Wilson and Simon Callow.

Damned

Penned by Jo Brand and Morwenna Banks, Damned is set in a social service department. The comedy follows social worker and single parent Rose’s hectic home and work life when a crisis erupts at work and her mum misplaces her kids. Jo Brand and Kevin Eldon star in the one-off which was directed by Natalie Bailey.

Timeless

The eighth and final episode, Timeless was written by Tim Firth and follows two women, Alice and Chloe, who, though from different generations, share the pain of having been separated from their partners by war. Baby Cow Productions produces this one-off which stars Sylvia Syms and Cara Delevingne, in her television debut.