To their credit, Sky1 and Kudos have kept the flow of information on upcoming firefighter drama The Smoke very tight. I just got off the phone with one of my regular sources and I’m told that they have locked down the cast and crew for the drama and that they are set to begin shooting in the coming weeks and expect to continue production on the 8 episode series well into the Summer (in fact I’m told that the first table read occurred just this past week).
Unfortunately, 99% of that conversation was off-the-record and all that my source was willing to say on the record was that Sky would be issuing a press release announcing casting within the next two to three weeks and that one particularly high profile cast member had already announced their involvement on Twitter. However, as the actor in question hasn’t been on the micro-blogging site for long, it hadn’t been picked up by any media outlets. Given that the information my source had given me OTR, it didn’t take me too long to track down the tweeter, who is none other than Jamie Bamber. Bamber is no stranger to UK audiences. In addition to his popular turn in Battlestar Galactica, he also had a main role on ITV’s Law & Order: UK for its first five seasons. He is also currently appearing in TNT’s medical drama series Monday Mornings, which is set to begin airing on FOX UK this summer.
— Jamie Bamber (@ImJamieBamber) March 18, 2013
As the conversation with said source was OTR, I’m obviously unable to reveal anymore than I already have (and all that is publicly available information). I’ll only add that both Kudos and Sky are excited by this project and have assembled an impressive cast. The only other comment my source was willing to say on the record was that The Smoke “is gonna be huge. Lucy has created something really special here.”
For those not following: The Smoke was created by Lucy Kirkwood and 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. Kudos Film & TV is producing with Anne Mensah, Jane Featherstone and Noelle Morris serving as executive producers.