Richard Dormer and Dennis Quaid will return to Fortitude this year for a third and final season.
The Arctic thriller will conclude with a four-part mini-series, with Quaid and Dormer returning alongsidew Sienna Guillory (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob), Alexandra Moen (Strike Back), Mia Jexen (Happiness) and Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson (Jar City), as well as some new faces to be announced at a later date.
The third run picks up where the second finished, with death hanging over the town. Two new police officers are in town from Oslo, sent to Fortitude to investigate, and soon learn the inhabitants of the most staggeringly beautiful place on earth have a lot to overcome.
“I can’t wait to get back to this place,” says Dormer. “I love this world. A brilliant cast and crew. Returning to Fortitude always feels like coming home. And my old friend Dan is waiting for me. And he’s just got this big grin on his face.”
Fortitude is written by Simon Donald (Low Winter Sun) and executive producers for Fifty Fathoms are Patrick Spence (The A Word, Guerrilla), Simon Donald, Dennis Quaid (The Art of More). Sky’s head of drama Anne Mensah is executive producer for Sky. The third season will be produced by Andrew Wood (Will), directed by Kieron Hawkes (Strike) with production design by Paul Spriggs (The A Word).
Sky’s head of drama Anne Mensah adds: “We know fans of Fortitude all over the world really love this show and we can’t wait to welcome it back. Simon Donald’s created this four-hour special event, which is the perfect ending to the most enigmatic, surprising, shocking and emotional series we’ve ever had on Sky Atlantic.”
Donald comments: “”Fortitude has gripped my imagination like an icy blast to the heart. It’s wonderful to be back for a last dance under the blizzard stars in the cold, dark night and find out who lives, who dies and who goes completely, barking arctic crazy.”
1.4 million viewers tuned in to each episode of the second season last year, with both runs sold to more than 200 broadcasters internationally, making it Sky Vision’s bestselling programme.
It returns to Sky after a record-breaking year for Sky Original Productions and entertainment on Sky, which included Sky’s best-performing original series to date in Riviera. Its final run marks Sky’s ongoing investment in original content, with the announcement of Helen Mirren drama Catherine the Great this week. In total, Sky is launching over 50 Sky originals this year, including 24 returning series and new commissions, including historical epic Britannia.
You can catch up with our reviews of Fortitude here – or you binge-watch Season 1 and 2 on Sky Box Sets and NOW TV.
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