HBO and Sky today announced that limited series The Third Day will premiere this May. Look for the series on HBO May 11th and on Sky May 12th. Created by Dennis Kelly and Felix Barrett, the show’s six episodes are divided into “Summer” and “Winter.”
The limited series will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and partners’ streaming platforms.
Told over the first three episodes, “Summer” stars Jude Law (HBO’s The New Pope) as Sam, a man who is drawn to a mysterious Island off the British coast where he encounters a group of islanders set on preserving their traditions at any cost. “Summer” is written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Marc Munden.
Following “Summer,” viewers will get the chance to become part of The Third Day world at a major immersive theatre event. Created by Punchdrunk and directed by Felix Barrett, audiences will inhabit the story as it happens, live. Places will be limited, so audiences will be able to follow the events online.
“Winter” unfolds over the latter three episodes and stars Naomie Harris (Academy Award nominee for Moonlight) as Helen, a strong-willed outsider who comes to the island seeking answers, but whose arrival precipitates a fractious battle to decide its fate. “Winter” is written by Kit de Waal, Dean O’Loughlin and Dennis Kelly and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe.
Each story can be experienced separately, with “Summer” and “Winter” working together as a complete series – but all three parts together describe a larger narrative, creating a unique experience for those who seek it.
Co-creator Felix Barrett, Artistic Director at Punchdrunk explained: “To tell a story that spans TV and live action has been a long held ambition of mine. The Third Day will be both a TV show and a world you can enter, giving viewers the chance to live and breathe the narrative”.
Co-creator and writer, Dennis Kelly, said: “I wanted to make a series that was unsettling and disturbing but that also spoke to fears that ran deeper than horror. The themes of the Third Day have long been obsessions of mine – it is about loss and hope and how both of those things can distort the mind in surprising and brutal ways.”
Cameron Roach, Director of Drama, Sky Studios, added: “The Third Day is an imaginative and truly innovative series. The unique approach to storytelling is ground-breaking and we’re so proud to be able to share the compelling world created by Dennis and Felix with our audience and to invite them to truly experience the show in a game-changing way.”
Along with Jude Law and Naomie Harris, The Third Day also stars Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts franchise), Emily Watson (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for HBO’s Chernobyl), and Paddy Considine (HBO’s The Outsider).
The Third Day is a co-production between Sky and HBO. It is the first original drama to be produced by Sky’s new production house, Sky Studios, in conjunction with Plan B Entertainment, the world-renowned immersive theatre company Punchdrunk and writer Dennis Kelly (Utopia, Pulling). Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Felix Barrett and Dennis Kelly executive produce.