A NEW 4 X 60” DRAMA SERIAL STARRING MAX BEESLEY, PHILIP GLENISTER, JOHN SIMM AND MARC WARREN FROM LEFT BANK PICTURES

Filming to commence this week on location in Majorca
TX Spring 2011 on Sky1 HD and Sky1

Sky1 HD today (Tuesday 4th May) announced MAD DOGS, a new four-part drama serial for transmission in Spring 2011. Written by Cris Cole and produced by BAFTA award winning production company Left Bank Pictures (Wallander, Strike Back), the ensemble piece brings together a stellar line up of British talent both on and off screen with Max Beesley, Philip Glenister, John Simm and Marc Warren taking up the four principal roles. MAD DOGS was commissioned by Elaine Pyke, Head of Drama, Sky1HD, Sky1 Sky2 and Sky3.

MAD DOGS centres around the reunion of a group of old friends. Woody (Beesley), Quinn (Glenister), Baxter (Simm) and Rick (Warren) have been mates since sixth form. The fifth member of the gang, Alvo, lives in Majorca, having made his fortune in property. Now in their 40s; a mix of single, married and divorced; they’ve been invited out to Alvo’s villa to celebrate his retirement. However, their trip does not work out as planned and takes a dark turn when the holiday becomes a labyrinthine nightmare of lies, deception and murder. MAD DOGS is a darkly comic twisted tale of friendship put to the ultimate test as an inconceivable chain of events unfolds. Four ordinary blokes faced with a set of extraordinary circumstances and not handling it!

On the eve of the start of filming John Simm said: “I feel very lucky to be involved in such an exciting project. It’s always a joy to work with Marc and Phil of course. With Max and the brilliant Adrian Shergold also involved this promises to be a wonderful experience. We have quality running all the way through this production so hopefully together we can make MAD DOGS something really special.” Max Beesley added: “MAD DOGS promises to be a great piece of television. The scripts are crisp, the setting idylic with a lovely set of lads to work with and one of the best directors in the business at the helm, it really is a treat to be involved. I’m looking forward to shooting and can’t wait to see the finished product!”

Marc Warren commented: “This is a dream job about four guys who go to a beautiful island and have a total nightmare.” And Philip Glenister remarked: “I was looking forward to working with three of the best actors on the small screen, but they weren’t available so I’ll have to make do with John, Marc and Max. It’s going to be a blast and hopefully we will come up with four hours of great TV drama.”

Writer Cris Cole added: “As well as enjoying writing for such a fantastic cast, I was also delighted to be able to attempt such an ambitious and cinematic thriller drawing on influences like David Lynch and the Coen Brothers as inspiration for the kind of storytelling that is never quite what you think it is going to be.”

laine Pyke, Head of Drama, Sky1 HD, Sky1, Sky2, Sky 3, who greenlit MAD DOGS, says: “Cris Cole’s MAD DOGS is a fantastically well constructed psychological thriller. When I first read the script I was immediately grabbed by how thrilling, scary and funny it is. This is a hugely exciting, ambitious project and it’s the perfect show for Sky1.”

Suzanne Mackie, Executive Producer, was instrumental in pulling together the project. She says: “In many ways the idea for MAD DOGS was born out of friendship: it was both the long-term friendships of Phil, John, Marc and Max, who had decided they wanted to work together and my own friendship with Phil and writer Cris Cole that pulled us all together. We are all roughly the same age, and at the same phase of life, and so it seemed fitting for us to place themes of ‘growing older’ and friendship at the heart of MAD DOGS, and to create a drama that would allow us to explore the darker recesses of both.” Andy Harries, Chief Executive, Left Bank Pictures, additionally commented: “Who let the dogs out? We did. Four fantastic and highly competitive guys going head to head in a brilliant new drama – its going to be a real treat on Sky1.”

MAD DOGS’ Executive Producers are Andy Harries, Suzanne Mackie and Elaine Pyke. Spencer Campbell will produce with Adrian Shergold directing. Marigo Kehoe is the Head of Production for Left Bank Pictures. The four part piece is an original script written by Cris Cole.