Sky Atlantic have added two new drama productions to their slate with Gone, written by actor Lennie James and the third and final part of crime thriller The Tunnel.
James will also star in Gone alongside Suranne Jones and Stephen Graham. He plays a borderline alcoholic who is accused of a major crime and knowing he is innocent determines to clear his name. The series is being made by World Productions with Nick Murphy on board to direct.
Vengeance is the third and final part of The Tunnel, once again starring Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy with a heavy focus on the refugee crisis. Lead writer on the series, which is produced by Kudos, is Emilia Di Girolamo.
Sky’s head of drama, Anne Mensah, said: “I’m really excited about these two brilliant dramas coming exclusively to Sky Atlantic. The multi-talented Lennie James has mixed a gripping mystery with utterly unique characters. Gone exemplifies the originality we aim for on Sky Atlantic. In The Tunnel: Vengeance we return to our incomparable English and French detective duo, Karl and Elise, examining questions which politically couldn’t be more pertinent. This final installment will be the perfect ending to the emotional journey we’ve been on across three fantastic series!”
Meanwhile Lenny James said: “Everyone knows someone like Nelly (the character he plays in Gone). He’s the feller constantly at the end of the bar. The feller that can’t help himself, never really grew up and has wasted who he could have been. They are usually the cautionary tale. They are almost never the hero. In Gone, Nelly might just be…”
Suranne Jones added: “I’m so thrilled to be part of Lennie’s unique creation. His writing is so compelling, his portrayal of the world so distinctive. It is completely different from anything I’ve done before.”
Stephen Dillane said: “It is strange that this is the last time we’ll work together as Karl and Elise. It’s been nothing but a pleasure to work with Clemence, who is both a lovely woman and a beautiful actress. I expect that Emilia and the team at Kudos have a suitably devastating finale up their sleeve.”
Poésy commented: “This final, bone-chilling chapter in Elise and Karl’s story sees Elise make shocking discoveries that shake her to her very core. Playing a character as nuanced and complicated as she is has been the greatest privilege and saying goodbye to her and the wonderful synergy I share with the incredible Stephen Dillane will not be easy.”