Mark Strong (Low Winter Sun) has been set as the lead in Sky One eight episode comic thriller Temple, which is set in the secret world beneath London. Carice van Houten, (Game of Thrones) and Daniel Mays (Line of Duty) have also been cast in the series.
In Temple, deep below the streets of London, descending past Temple tube in the beating heart of the city, lies a dark secret. An illegal clinic has been set up in an abandoned subterranean network of tunnels. They treat a variety of increasingly desperate and highly dangerous patients.
Mark Strong plays series lead Daniel; a surgeon driven by personal tragedy to treat anyone who is willing to pay for medical help outside the system.“Mark O’Rowe has created a complex and multi-faceted character in Daniel – a man pushed to the extreme as his world is radically destabilised”, Strong said. “Temple is a gripping and humane morality tale for our time.”
Carice van Houten has been cast as Anna. a guilt-ridden medical researcher; while Daniel Mays plays Lee, a disgruntled transport employee. Together Anna and Lee assist Daniel, as his morality is tested to the limit.Temple was created by playwright Mark O’Rowe and is set up at indie Hera Pictures.
It is being co-funded by Sky’s international distribution division Sky Vision, who will serve as the global distributor. Luke Snellin is the lead director, while Lisa Siwe is also attached to direct. Barney Reisz is the series producer. The executive producers are Liza Marshall, Mark Strong and Mark O’Rowe for Hera Pictures and Gabriel Silver and Anne Mensah for Sky. Production on the series is set to get underway in September, with an eye to a 2019 premiere.
“When Hera Pictures delivered the scripts for Temple, we at Sky fell in love with its blackly comic streak and the morally compromised characters working in their own secret realm beneath London”, said Gabriel Silver, executive producer for Sky. “I’ve been an ardent fan of Mark O’Rowe’s work from his adaptation of Boy A to Intermission, and having Mark, Carice and Daniel cast, I know that the audience will be treated to an unflinching, hilarious and very human story.”