Sky Max Orders 1980s Crime Thriller ‘A Town Called Malice’

The soon-to-launch Sky Max has ordered A Town Called Malice, a crime thriller and family saga set on the Costa Del Sol in the early 1980s.

A Town Called Malice follows the Lords, a crime family of petty thieves from South London who have fallen to the bottom of the criminal food chain. And they’re not happy about it. Gene Lord is the youngest son in the clan, overlooked and neglected by his family who fail to recognise his killer instincts and keen intelligence.

After narrowly surviving a gangland battle, Gene and his formidable girlfriend, Cindy, flee to Spain to evade arrest. The lovers quickly find themselves embroiled in the local underworld, and trouble starts to follow these two like night after day. When the other Lords join them on the Costa del Sol, the family realises this is a golden opportunity to re-invent themselves and re-capture their former glory – much to the annoyance of Gene and Cindy, who have a very different plan.

The drama series was created by Nick Love, who is penning the scripts alongside Melissa Bubnic, John Jackson, Liz Lake and Matt Evans. A Town Called Malice is set up as a co-production between Vertigo Films, Sky Studios and Rogue State. It was commissioned by Sky’s Managing Director of Content Zai Bennett and Sky’s Commissioning Editor Paul Gilbert. Andy Noble is the series producer. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle international sales. Sky said that casting would be announced at a later date. Filming is set to begin later this year on location in London and Spain and will run into 2022.

Gabriel Silver, Director of Commissioning, Drama, Sky Studios, said: “If Dallas and Pulp Fiction created a love child to the strains of Duran Duran, it would be A Town Called Malice — an intoxicating cocktail of ‘80s romance, avarice and violence, served up with pineapple chunks and an umbrella… Brought to life so brilliantly by Nick Love’s scripts, audiences will be taken back to the vivid world of the Costa Del Sol in its pomp, with a glorious take on the soundtrack of the era. The series is a fantastic addition to our growing line-up of home-grown, British drama on Sky in 2022.”