David Duchovny’s TV series Aquarius will premiere in the UK in August on Sky Atlantic.
Sky acquired the rights to NBC’s gritty drama from ITV Studios Global Entertainment this week and announced plans to broadcast it on Sky Atlantic across all of its markets in the UK, Ireland, Italy Germany and Austria.
The show stars David Duchovny (The X Files) as Los Angeles homicide detective Sam Hodiak. Sam’s investigation into a missing girl leads him into the dark activities of a strange cult run by a small-time but charismatic leader Charles Manson, portrayed by Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones).
The 13-episode series is set in 1967 at the height of ‘the summer of love’ and years before Manson notoriously masterminded the horrific Tate-LaBianca murders for which he is now imprisoned. The story follows the work of Hodiak as he enlists the help of a young detective Brian Shafe, played by Grey Damon (Friday Night Lights), to aid his investigation and to infiltrate the cult leaders expanding ‘family’. The series also stars Emma Dumont (Inherent Vice) and Claire Holt (The Vampire Diaries).
“With an excellent script and high production values as well as an acclaimed cast, it will make for gripping television. Exclusively on Sky Atlantic, Aquarius further strengthens Sky’s position as the home of quality drama across Europe,” comments Gary Davey, Sky’s Managing Director of Content.
Dan Gopal, EVP EMEA Distribution and Global Digital Partners for ITV Studios Global Entertainment, adds: “We are delighted that it will launch on Sky Atlantic in the UK during August, while the series continues its run in the US, and we look forward to its forthcoming debut in Sky’s other European territories later this year. It’s great that Sky’s audience will be able to enjoy the show across the full offering of Sky’s linear and on-demand services in each market, whether at home or on the go.”
Aquarius is the latest in a line of dramas to air in all five of Sky’s home markets following the successes of Sky’s original production Fortitude and Season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
The show will premiere at 9pm on Tuesday 11 August in the UK, when it will also be available to watch online through NOW TV. The VOD service gives non-Sky customers contract-free access to several of Sky’s pay-TV channels. An Entertainment Pass, which costs £6.99 a month, means that users can watch shows such as True Blood, Agent Carter and Aquarius both live and on-demand after their broadcast. For more information, click here.