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Full Press Release for 'The Smoke'; More Casting, Character Details
Of course, the day after we go ahead and post, the full press release for The Smoke comes out! asta77 suggested I just update yesterday's post, which I nearly did except I wanted to editorialize a bit on the other major bit of casting that hit today, which is that Jodie Whittaker is playing Jamie's girlfriend in the show. RIGHT. ON. I couldn't be more excited about that; she's a great actress, and right now I'm watching Broadchurch in which she plays the mother of the murdered boy and she's kicking so much ass on that show. Applause, casting directors. ;)

Anyway, here's the full press release with character details, more casting, etc. Bring it on, Sky...


April 12, 2013
Production to start in London in April

As part of Sky’s investment in original content, Sky 1 HD today (Friday 12 April, 2013) announces casting on its brand new drama THE SMOKE. Jamie Bamber (Law & Order UK, Battlestar Galactica) will lead the cast, alongside Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), and Rhashan Stone (Strike Back).

Written by Lucy Kirkwood (Skins), this eight part series follows the high-adrenaline adventures of White Watch, a team of London firefighters. Leading the crew is Kev (Bamber), a good man injured and betrayed during the worst fire of his career. Standing by Kev’s side as he returns to work is his gutsy girlfriend Trish (Whittaker) and his cocksure friend and fellow firefighter Mal (Stone). Other members of the crew include the hapless but charming Little Al (Gerard Kearns, Shameless), the fearless Ziggy (Pippa Bennett-Warner, Lewis) and the mysterious new boy Dennis (Taron Egerton, Lewis).

THE SMOKE is a high octane, emotionally gripping, funny and occasionally outrageous ensemble drama about what it’s really like to be a firefighter in Britain today. And it’s tough trying to be a hero in a world that dismisses and disregards heroes. But whatever White Watch might go through, they are never beaten down, and they are always able to fall back on one another. As irreverent and emotionally charged as it is thrilling, you’ll never before have seen a show about firefighters quite like THE SMOKE.

Sky 1 HD’s THE SMOKE is part of Sky’s commitment to increase its investment in original British content by 50% by 2014, when Sky expects to invest £600 million a year in British programmes across its portfolio of channels. This commitment follows the success of home-grown content such as entertainment hits GOT TO DANCE and A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, dramas such as STRIKE BACK and MAD DOGS, comedies such as TROLLIED and STELLA and factual shows such as AN IDIOT ABROAD and the BAFTA-winning documentary FLYING MONSTERS 3D.

The 8x60’ series was commissioned by Sky’s Head of Drama, Anne Mensah, and will be produced by Kudos Film and TV. The Executive Producers are Jane Featherstone and Noelle Morris for Kudos Film and TV and Mensah for Sky. The series will be directed by Mike Barker (Silent Witness, Moby Dick) and produced by Chris Fry (Mayday, Spooks).

THE SMOKE will air on Sky 1 HD in early 2014


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lanalucy From: lanalucy Date: April 12th, 2013 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
This sounds so much better than MM is turning out to be. Plus, firefighters! Can hardly lose with that. :) But eight episodes? Waaaaah.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: April 13th, 2013 03:06 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Eight eps is pretty standard for most UK dramas these days (it's gone up actually, used to be six!) The nice thing is that the way series get commissioned there, it's usually with as much a mind that it could be one-and-done as that if it's successful, they may do another one; therefore, there's usually a) a strong arc that carries through all the episodes and b) a satisfying resolution. Which can often *really* compensate for the shorter run. ;)
lanalucy From: lanalucy Date: April 13th, 2013 03:10 am (UTC) (Link Me)
They do tend to be better at giving a satisfying conclusion, while leaving it open just in case. My favorite bit of British TV, though, is that they cast for talent, not for looks, and it makes for much more layered performances, generally, as well as a huge diversity in looks all across the board. I'm still gonna whine about short 'series' though. lol
jatgdiamondgirl From: jatgdiamondgirl Date: April 13th, 2013 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
This sounds very exciting! I'm not familiar with the cast, but it seems to be highly regarded, and I love, love, love the series synopsis. I'm keeping fingers crossed that it lives up to billing (and, as I've mentioned before, I trust Jamie's judgement--with the occasional exception, he's chosen roles wisely).

Something no one's mentioned here (at least since I started visiting this site) is Jamie's receptiveness to British television. With the huge success of BSG, I would imagine it's tempting for him to remain in Hollywood and shoot for the higher profile roles, to stay a big fish in a big pond. The British market is getting larger, thanks to the increased access to British television in America and worldwide, but there is still a sizable difference in potential viewership numbers, and the publicity machine in Hollywood is monstrous. I admire his willingness to go home to the UK where, as I think most of us know, quality television is made, even if he won't necessarily maintain a high profile in the States by doing so.

Edited at 2013-04-13 12:20 pm (UTC)
spongetrisha From: spongetrisha Date: April 13th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
On a totally shallow note I heartily approve of the girlfriends name, lol

I'm really looking forward to seeing this and hopefully this will up his profile here in the UK as well.
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