Richard E. Grant is teaming with Discovery for a series exploring the seven deadly sins.
Fronted by Grant, the series, titled Richard E. Grant’s 7 Deadly Sins, will follow the Downton Abbey star as he examines the origins of the sins and the effect they have on both humans and animals. He will achieve that by dramatizing the words of noted writers, including Dante Alighieri and William Shakespeare, to highlight the human effects; while wildlife footage and interviews with experts will be used to show the effect on animals.
The project has received an order for 7 episodes – with each episode focusing on one of the sins – and is being produced for Discovery by back2back. The indie worked closely with screenwriters from Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment on the series, which will be shot in both 2D and 3D. The executive producers are Tom Gorham, David Notman-Watt and Benedetta Pinelli.
“We are excited to be working with Richard E Grant on this ambitious production that combines natural-history storytelling with a theatrical dimension”, said Graham Lafferty, Head of Discovery Channel UK & Ireland. “Richard E. Grant’s 7 Deadly Sins looks at factual storytelling from a completely different perspective, revealing that what we consider to be human traits are also found in the animal kingdom”.
“We are immensely grateful to the Discovery team who have been there for us with their support, encouragement and advice throughout this incredible journey”, added Benedetta Pinelli. “Blending two very different DNA’s such as natural history and art-house films has been an interesting challenge. We are delighted with Richard E Grant’s performance and his passion for the series which we hope will surprise, intrigue, inform and entertain.”
Richard E. Grant’s 7 Deadly Sins was commissioned by Discovery’s Dan Korn and Helen Hawken and will air on Discovery UK and Sky 3D later this year, before subsequently rolling out across Latin America. Sky’s international distribution division Sky Vision, who have a first-look deal with back2back, will handle global sales.