HBO’s event series The Night Of, based on the BBC drama Criminal Justice, will receive its UK premiere on Sky Atlantic on Thursday September 1st at 9pm, has been announced.
In addition to airing The Night Of in a regular Thursday night 9pm time-slot for eight weeks, Sky is also making the entire series available via Sky Box Sets from September 1st.
The Night Of follows college student Nasir “Naz” Khan, who lives with his parents in Queens, NY, takes his father’s taxi to go a party in Manhattan. But what starts as a perfect night for Naz becomes a nightmare when he’s arrested for murder. The series explores the intricacies of a complex murder case with cultural and political overtones and examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and Rikers Island, where the accused await trial.
The eight-parter is based on the BBC One series Criminal Justice by Peter Moffat and was originally set up at HBO as a passion project by James Gandolfini, prior to his death in 2013. The scripts for the eight episodes were penned by Steven Zaillian and Richard Price. The duo also serve as executive producers alongside Jane Tranter and Peter Moffat. The late James Gandolfini is also listed as an executive producer.
Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) leads the cast as Naz; while John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) plays his attorney Jack Stone – the role that was played by James Gandolfini in the original pilot. Michael Kenneth Williams, Bill Camp, Jeannie Berlin, Poorna Jagannathan, Payman Maadi, Glenne Headly, Amara Karan, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Paul Sparks, Ben Shenkman, Afton Williamson, Paulo Costanzo, Ned Eisenberg, Mohammad Bakri, Nabil Elouahabi, Ashley Thomas, Glenn Fleshler and Chip Zien also star.
TVWise’s UK Premiere Dates page has been updated with this new information.