Temple: First look at Sky’s Valkyrien remake
James R | On 24, Aug 2018
Sky will find out just how far one man will go for love in its new original drama, Temple – and a new trailer gives us our first look at the remake of Norwegian series Valkyrien.
Starring Mark Strong (Kingsman), Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones) and Daniel Mays (Line of Duty), Temple tells the story of Daniel Milton (Mark Strong), a talented surgeon whose world is turned upside-down when his wife (Catherine McCormack – Braveheart), develops a life-threatening illness. Conventional options for treatment run out, yet Daniel refuses to accept the cards he’s been dealt. He partners with the obsessive yet surprisingly resourceful misfit Lee (Daniel Mays) to start a literal ‘underground’ clinic in the vast network of tunnels beneath Temple tube station in London.
They are soon joined by Anna (Carice Van Houten), a guilt-ridden medical researcher whose past is entangled with Daniel’s, and Jamie, played by Tobi King Bakare (Cursed), a young fugitive bank-robber. Daniel does his best to juggle this dysfunctional family as his moral boundaries between being a husband, friend and doctor are challenged. But it soon becomes apparent that it may be him and his desperate actions that finally bring the whole thing crashing down. Just how far will Daniel go for love?
The show also stars Wunmi Mosaku (Damiola Our Loved Boy), Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty), Lily Newmark (Pin Cushion) Chloe Pirrie (The Victim) and Ryan McKen (The State).
Written by Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe (Boy A) and produced by Hera Pictures, Temple is executive produced by Liza Marshall, Mark Strong and Mark O’Rowe for Hera Pictures and Gabriel Silver for Sky. Luke Snellin (Wanderlust), Shariff Korver (Fenix) and Lisa Siwe (Modus) direct. Barney Reisz (Black Mirror) produces.
The series will air on Sky One and NOW this autumn. Here’s the trailer:
Temple: Mark Strong to star in Sky’s Valkyrien remake
24th August 2018
Mark Strong will head a cast including Carice van Houten, (Game of Thrones) and Daniel Mays (Line of Duty) in Sky’s new series Temple.
A remake of the Norwegian drama Valkyrien, the eight-part thriller is set in the secret world beneath London. Written by playwright Mark O’Rowe (Boy A), it takes us beneath Temple tube in the beating heart of the cit my to expose a dark secret: an illegal clinic has been set up in an abandoned subterranean network of tunnels.
Daniel played by Mark Strong, is a surgeon driven by personal tragedy to treat anyone who is willing to pay for medical help outside the system. Aided by Lee a disgruntled transport employee, played by Daniel Mays, and Anna a guilt-ridden medical researcher played by Carice van Houten, they treat a variety of increasingly desperate and highly dangerous patients, as Daniel’s morality is tested to the limit. Temple is a story of fate, chaos and consequence and asks how far you would go to save the person you love.
Heartfelt and darkly comic, Temple will be produced by Hera Pictures for Sky.
Mark Strong says: “Mark O’Rowe has created a complex and multi-faceted character in Daniel – a man pushed to the extreme as his world is radically destabilised. Temple is a gripping and humane morality tale for our time.”
Liza Marshall, head of Hera Pictures, adds: “After the success of Riviera, I am thrilled to be working with Sky again on my first production for Hera. I think the audience will love the world of Temple and it’s darkly funny take on life.”
Gabriel Silver, Executive Producer for Sky, comment: “When Hera Pictures delivered the scripts for Temple, we at Sky fell in love with its blackly comic streak and the morally compromised characters working in their own secret realm beneath London. I’ve been an ardent fan of Mark O’Rowe’s work from his adaptation of Boy A to Intermission, and having Mark, Carice and Daniel cast, I know that the audience will be treated to an unflinching, hilarious and very human story.”
Temple will premiere on Sky One and streaming service NOW in the UK and Ireland in 2019. Valkyrien, meanwhile, is available for free on All 4’s Walter Presents. You can read our review of it here.