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Sky and HBO collab The Third Day to mix broadcast drama with immersive live event

The latest Sky collaboration with HBO, The Third Day, is taking a bold new approach for TV drama.  Starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris , the series will tell three, stand-alone but interconnected stories, not only on screen but also in a live, immersive event.

The first part is Summer, starring Jude Law, written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Marc Munden is told over three episodes. It’ll air on Sky Atlantic and streaming service Now TV from May 12.  Summer follows the story of Sam (Law), a man who is drawn to a mysterious Island off the British coast where he encounters a group of islanders set on preserving their traditions at any cost. 

The series will tell three interconnected stories, not only on screen but also in a live, immersive event…

Following the screening, viewers will get the chance to become part of The Third Day world at a ‘major immersive theatre event’ – although it’s easy to imagine that the Covid-19 outbreak will put paid to that. Will Sky need to postpone the show or curtail its inventive theatre plan?

The Third Day concludes with Winter, told over a further three episodes on screen, starring Naomie Harris, written by Kit de Waal, Dean O’Loughlin and Dennis Kelly and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe. It follows Helen (Harris), a strong-willed outsider who comes to the island seeking answers, but whose arrival precipitates a fractious battle to decide its fate.

While each story can be experienced separately, with Summer and Winter working together as a complete series, but all three parts together creating a larger narrative for those who seek it.

This exclusive first look trailer shows the mysterious world and island at the heart of this ambitious new series.

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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