Olivia Colman to star in Sky and HBO’s Landscapers
James R | On 21, Dec 2019
Olivia Colman (The Favourite, The Crown) is to star in the new Sky original drama, Landscapers.
The latest project from Sister for Sky and HBO after their multi-Emmy award-winning hit Chernobyl, the four-part series will be directed by Alexander Payne (The Descendants, About Schmidt, Sideways) and is written by Ed Sinclair in his first television screenplay.
Inspired by real events, the drama explores the lives of convicted killers Susan (Colman) and Christopher Edwards and asks how this devoted and mild-mannered couple came to kill Susan’s parents and bury them in the back garden of their Mansfield home, in a crime that remained undiscovered for over a decade. This blackly comic, narratively playful true crime drama is based on extensive research, hours of interviews and direct access to the accused, who have always protested their innocence of murder.
Pivoting through various perspectives from Susan and Chris, to the police officers and lawyers involved in the investigation, the drama also draws the audience into the surreal fantasy world that Susan and Christopher created by casting themselves as their Hollywood heroes in stories of their own invention. This is the story of a unique murder case involving four lives lived on the margins of society, that turns into an exhilarating and darkly funny exploration of love and fantasy: its power and its peril.
Landscapers is produced by Sister, the award-winning producers of Chernobyl, in association with South of the River Pictures, the new production company from Olivia Colman and Ed Sinclair, for Sky and HBO.
Landscapers is the first original co-production from Sky and HBO since renewing their output deal last month, which extends the companies’ long-standing co-production partnership. The series will start filming in 2020 and will air on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK.