Sky1 and Amazon Prime Video US are teaming up to co-produce Britannia, a ten part drama series set during the Roman Empire starring Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone) and David Morrissey (The Walking Dead).
Britannia is set in 43AD as the Roman Imperial Army – determined and terrified in equal measure – returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia – a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld.
Kelly Reilly and Zoë Wanamaker lead the cast as arch rivals Kerra and Antedia, who must set their differences to one side in order to combat the terrifying Roman invasion; while David Morrissey plays Aulus Plautius, who is leading the Roman invasion. Hugo Speer (The Musketeers), Nikolaj Lie Kaas (The Killing), Stanley Weber (Outlander), Eleanor Worthington-Cox (The Enfield Haunting) and Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars) also star.
The event drama, which is the first ever co-production between Sky and Amazon, was created by Jez Butterworth, who heads up a writing team that also includes Tom Butterworth and Richard McBrien. Vertigo Films is producing in association with Neal Street Productions, with James Richardson, Pippa Harris, Nicolas Brown and Anne Thomopoulos serving as the executive producers. Sky Vision will handle global sales.
“This is one of the most ambitious dramas we’ve ever made and one of the most exciting”, said Anne Mensah, Sky’s Head of Drama said. “Jez Butterworth has written an incredible drama that is entertaining and emotional but also asks important questions about what drives men and women to stand and fight. This is a battle for the heart of Britain like you’ve never seen before.”
Brittania joins a growing slate of original dramas for Sky as they continue their aggressive push in this space, Other original dramas that the satcaster has in the pipeline includes The Young Pope, Hooten & The Lady, Guerrilla, Tin Star, Delicious, Riviera, Jamestownand The Last Dragonslayer, as well as returning series Fortitude and Agatha Raisin. WME and Sky Vision negotiated the deal with Amazon.