Following a push into originals that has encompassed factual, entertainment and comedy (which includes Gold’s upcoming comedy series You, Men & Them), UKTV is now moving into the drama genre. The company’s Watch channel has commissioned Legion, its first original drama series which hails from Red Planet Pictures – the production company behind BBC One’s Death In Paradise and the upcoming By Any Means. The series, which has received an order for 10 episodes, will enter production once co-production partners are in place, with Red Planet Pictures and Peter Smith of Cineflix currently approaching international partners about the project.
Created by Red Planet’s founder Tony Jordan, Legion follows criminologist Nathan Jones who, after learning the devastating news that his 10 year old daughter has an inoperable brain tumour, scours the globe in search of a possible treatment. His desperate quest for a cure brings him to the very edge of humanity, forcing him into one last throw of the dice, making a deal with the Devil to save the life of his child. When Nathan realises that he’s been tricked, he undertakes to renegotiate his contract by fighting the Devil’s work on earth wherever he finds it, ultimately leading him to a startling discovery – a revelation which will change the world as we know it forever.
“Legion is my ultimate passion project; the one that I have been working on and trying to perfect for almost fifteen years; the one that has sat in my bottom drawer just waiting for the right time and place for this story to be told”, said Tony Jordan, “UKTV share my passion for storytelling and have been brave enough to take a chance on it for their first ever original drama! I know that something as ambitious and bold as Legion is a risky commission for Watch, but I’m so excited and honoured that they are not just cautiously dipping their toe in the UK drama pool with us; they are diving in head first!”
While UKTV’s Director of Commissioning, Jane Rogerson, added: “Tony is a master of his craft, with an incredible ability to interlace intricate plot details with a compelling and absorbing story arc. I’m personally delighted that we are recognising our drama aspirations with Tony and the Red Planet team and this is another bold move for UKTV in pushing forward with developing ambitious, talked about, original content.”