Idris Elba boards HIJACK for Apple TV+

Apple TV+ today announced “Hijack,” a new seven-part thriller created by George Kay and Jim Field Smith, starring SAG winning and Emmy Award nominated Idris Elba (“Luther”).

Told in real time, “Hijack” follows the journey of a hijacked plane as it makes its way to London over 7 hours, and authorities on the ground scramble for answers. Elba stars as ‘Sam Nelson,’ an accomplished negotiator in the business world who needs to step up and use all his guile to try and save the lives of the passengers — but, his high-risk strategy could be his undoing.

The series is written by George Kay (“Lupin,” “Criminal”) and will be directed by Jim Field Smith (“Criminal,” “The Wrong Mans”), who will both also serve as executive producers alongside Elba, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta and Kris Thykier. “Hijack” will be produced by 60Forty Films and Idiotlamp Productions in association with Green Door.

About Apple TV+

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries, and series have been honored with 240 wins and 963 awards nominations.

About Idiotlamp Productions

Idiotlamp was founded by writer George Kay and director Jim Field Smith, friends and collaborators since their early teens. The creative duo formed the company to focus on their own original drama and comedy projects – such as STAG, the BBC mini-series. The company went on to produce CRIMINAL, the original drama series for Netflix, nominated for an International Emmy, and now has an expanding slate of high-end TV projects.

Netflix announces format-bending multi-national original series, CRIMINAL

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Netflix has today announced a revolutionary multi-national original drama series, CRIMINAL. A police procedural with a unique premise, it takes place exclusively within the confines of a police interview suite. This stripped down, cat-and-mouse drama will focus on the intense mental conflict between the police detectives and the suspect in question.

The debut season comprises of 12 unique stories set in 4 different countries: France, Spain, Germany and the UK. These episodes will be made in local language, written and directed by talent from their respective countries. All 12 episodes will film on a purpose built set at Netflix’s production hub at Ciudad de la Tele in Madrid.

CRIMINAL’s creators and executive producers are writer George Kay (Killing Eve, The Hour) and director Jim Field Smith (Endeavour, The Wrong Mans). The show is an Idiotlamp production for Netflix. 

The French creative team includes Frederic Mermoud (Writer, Director & Co Executive Producer) (Spiral, The Returned), Antonin Martin-Hilbert (Writer) (Nina, Black Spot) & Mathieu Missoffe (writer) (Black Spot, Profilage)

For Germany, the creative team includes Oliver Hirschbiegel (Director & Co Executive Producer) (Four Blocks, Downfall), Bernd Lange (Writer) (Das Verschwinden) and Sebastian Heeg (Co-Writer) (Blaumacher) make up the 

In Spain, the team includes Mariano Barroso (Director) (El día de mañana, Todas las mujeres,  Éxtasis), Alejandro Hernández (Writer) (El autor, El día de mañana) and Manuel Martín Cuenca (Writer) (El autor, Caníbal).

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with 130 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About Idiotlamp

Idiotlamp was founded by director Jim Field Smith and writer George Kay, friends and collaborators since their teens. Initially focussing on drama and comedy projects created by the duo – such as STAG, the acclaimed BBC mini-series – the company now has an expanding slate of film and TV projects in Europe and the US.

Cast announced as filming commences on STAG

“Stag”, the dark comedy thriller commissioned by BBC Two about a truly horrific stag weekend, starts filming today on location in Scotland.
The cast announced today, joining stars Jim Howick (Peep Show, Horrible Histories) and Stephen Campbell Moore (The Wrong Mans, Our Zoo), includes JJ Feild (The Musketeers), Reece Shearsmith (Inside No 9), Rufus Jones (W1A, Hunderby), James Cosmo (Game of Thrones), Tim Key (Inside No 9, Alan Partridge), Amit Shah (Silent Witness, Jekyll & Hyde) and Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary). International guest stars include Denmark’s Pilou Asbaek (Borgen, A Hijacking) and Australian Christiaan Van Vuuren (ABC’s Soul Mates).
In this three-parter, a meek school teacher (Jim Howick) joins his future brother-in-law (Stephen Campbell Moore) and several obnoxious friends on a deer-stalking expedition in the Scottish highlands. As the hunting party realises they themselves are the prey, sordid secrets begin to emerge and old friendships are tested to the limit in a ruthless battle for survival.
“Stag” is created and written by BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee Jim Field Smith (The Wrong Mans, Episodes) and George Kay (The Tunnel, Our Zoo, The Hour), and produced and directed by Jim Field Smith. Myfanwy Moore is the Executive Producer and it is a BBC In House Comedy production in association with Idiotlamp. 
Jim Field Smith, Producer, Director and Co-writer of Stag said: “I can’t believe this fantastic roster of talent is joining us for seven weeks of hell in the Highlands, and can only assume they haven’t read the scripts properly”
Myfanwy Moore, Controller of UK Comedy Production at BBC said: “Jim and George have created a rip roaring comedy thriller – and we’re delighted that such a fabulous cast have agreed to join in on what will no doubt be a terrifyingly funny ride.”

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