Riviera

Adrian Lester on how to switch between acting and directing

Adrian Lester with Julia Stiles on the set of Riviera (Credit: Sky)

I’ve always loved acting, I just caught the bug.

It’s become an old saying now, but if you can make a living doing what you love, then you’ll never have to work a day in your life. That has certainly been what it’s felt like for me. The hardest thing to deal with is what happens when you're not able to work, and you either have to take another job or just be frustrated and wait. There’s all sorts of disappointments waiting for you, and I think the measure of professionalism in our career is how you handle disappointments, not how you handle success.

Sky Atlantic's Riviera: Sun, sex and slaughter

What would Dallas look like made by Sky Atlantic? This was the question pondered during a brainstorming session for new drama ideas back in 2015, attended by Zai Bennett, director of Sky Atlantic, Sky’s head of drama, Anne Mensah, and commissioning editor Cameron Roach.

“We were worried that our overall tone and style were a bit too visceral, with a lot of shows that were violent and grown-up,” explains Bennett. He highlights Game of Thrones, Banshee and Fortitude – “quite an extreme horror show,” as he cheerfully puts it.

Das Boot sequel surfaces on Sky Atlantic

The original film followed the high-pressure and claustrophobic existence of the crew of a WWII U-boat.

The eight-part drama follows on from the events of the 1981 hit, which was based on a best-selling novel by Lothar-Gunter Buchheim, and boasts an stellar cast including Masters of Sex actor Lizzy Caplan and  August Wittgenstein (The Crown, Angels and Demons).

Riviera: Who's who in Sky's latest drama

Riviera Sky Atlantic

Deep secrets, explosions, fashion and crime sound up your street? Then Riviera might be the programme for you.

New to Sky Atlantic and set in the French Riviera, this new drama looks at the homes of the filthy rich along with the problems and deceit that comes with their luxuries.

There's a vibrant list of characters at the heart of the series, so here's a lowdown of who's who.

Rory Kinnear joins Idris Elba in new drama Guerilla

Idris Elba stars as detective John Luther

Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear (Spectre, Penny Dreadful), Daniel Mays (Line of Duty) and Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) have all been announced to be joining Golden Globe winner Idris Elba in the thriller.

The six-part series will air on Sky Atlantic next year, and Elba will co-star and executive produce the series through his company Green Door Pictures.

Sky unites award-winning actors, writers and producers in new commissions

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With some stellar names attached to write, act and direct the shows, Sky is building on the game-changing successes of the BAFTA-nominated The Last Panthers and the Enfield Haunting, and fan favourite Stan Lee’s Lucky Man