Darkly comic Sky HBO series The Baby signs Emmy winning director Nicole Kassell

Upcoming Sky and HBO co-production The Baby has secured DGA and Emmy Award winner Nicole Kassell (Watchmen, The Leftovers) as lead director. Kassell will also serve as an Executive Producer on the eight-episode first season. 

The darkly comic horror is produced by the global content company Sister, responsible for Giri/Haji, Chernobyl and Gangs of London, and Proverbial Pictures.

Series writers include Sophie Goodhart (Sex Education, My Brother Blind) Kara Smith (Kaos, Apple Tree House) Anchuli Felicia King (White Pearl, Golden Shield), Susan Stanton (Succession) and Siân Robins-Grace (Kaos, Sex Education), with Bisha K. Ali (Ms.Marvel, Sex Education) as consultant. 

The Baby is Robins-Grace’s screenwriting debut, following her work on critically-acclaimed hit Sex Education which she developed with creator Laurie Nunn.

The show promises to gleefully deconstruct the ‘joy of motherhood’ and explore the powerful anxiety of whether or not to have children.

The Baby is described as ‘a funny, raw examination of motherhood as an institution: a set of unspoken and often horrifying rules that affect women differently depending on how they’re viewed by society. If you’re not scared by that, you should be.’ 

The Baby is described as ‘a funny, raw examination of motherhood as an institution…

“I am beyond honoured and thrilled to be reuniting with HBO and joining Sky and this incredible team to bring The Baby to fruition,” says Kassell. “I read Sian’s brilliant script early in lock down, and it cut straight through the noise and anxiety of our times, to take me on a wild, zany ride with wonderfully complex women grappling with the toughest of decisions any of us are lucky enough to make – to have or not have a child.”

Siân Robins-Grace and Lucy Gaymer add: “We can’t believe our luck that Nicole’s joining us on The Baby – her body of work speaks for itself. She’s a spectacular collaborator and creative, and working with her is an education. Our phenomenal team of writers are bringing the full force of their talent to the story. We’re surrounded by creative and technical brilliance, basically.”

The eight-episode first season will be executive produced by Jane Featherstone (Chernobyl, Giri/Haji), Carolyn Strauss (Chernobyl, Game of Thrones), Naomi de Pear (The Power, Flowers), Katie Carpenter (Landscapers, The Bisexual), Siân Robins-Grace (Kaos, Sex Education) and Nicole Kassell (Watchmen, The Leftovers) with Lucy Gaymer (Gangs of London, Liar) producing. 

The co-production will be filmed in the UK during 2021. The show will hope to capitalise on a string of critically acclaimed hits for the broadcaster.

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