The Baby: Sky and HBO team up for dark comedy horror
Staff Reporter | On 14, Aug 2020
Sky and HBO are teaming up for The Baby, a dark comedy horror from debut screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace (who developed Netflix’s Sex Education with its creator Laurie Nunn).
Co-created by Robins-Grace and Lucy Gaymer (credits as Production Manager include Gangs of London, Liar) and produced by SISTER and Proverbial Pictures, the series is a raw examination of motherhood as an institution: a set of unspoken rules that affect women differently depending on how they’re viewed by society.
When 38 year-old Natasha is unexpectedly landed with a baby, her life of doing what she wants, when she wants, dramatically implodes. Controlling, manipulative and with violent powers, the baby twists Natasha’s life into a horror show. Where does it come from? What does it want? And what lengths will Natasha have to go to in order to get her life back?
The Baby deconstructs motherhood, exploring the powerful anxiety of whether or not to have children, questioning who gets to choose motherhood and who doesn’t.
Siân Robins-Grace and Lucy Gaymer said: “With The Baby we want to explore the powerful anxiety around the question of whether or not to have children. The ambivalence of not knowing, the bafflement at everyone else’s certainty and the suspicion that the whole thing is one millennia-long scam. We’re thrilled to be working with such a phenomenal team of producers to help us bring this weird baby into the world with HBO and Sky.”
Cameron Roach, Director of Drama, Sky Studios said: “The Baby is by turns dark, comedic, and horrifying. The vision that Siân and Lucy are bringing to life is truly unique.”
The eight-episode first season will be produced by SISTER and Proverbial Pictures and Executive Produced by Jane Featherstone (Chernobyl, GiriHaji), Carolyn Strauss (Chernobyl, Game of Thrones), Naomi de Pear (The Power, Flowers), Katie Carpenter (Landscapers, The Bisexual) and Siân Robins-Grace. Joining the female-led creative team as producer is Lucy Gaymer.
It will be filmed in the UK in 2021.