By Rachael Grealish
A new eight-part supernatural crime thriller is to begin filming in Cumbria next month.
It was announced today, Tuesday April 27, The Rising – the first series produced entirely in-house from Sky Studios, Sky’s production and development arm – would begin filming in the Lake District from May.
The Rising is the story of Neve Kelly, played by Clara Rugaard, who discovers that she is dead.
When the show’s protagonist realises she has been murdered, she’s furious and is determined to find her killer and get justice – all while believing the killer is someone she knew.
Impulsive and restless, Neve regrets never leaving her isolated community. And, as she comes to terms with her abilities, she begins to destabilise the lives of those she left behind. Particularly her estranged father, Tom (Daniel Ings) and her beloved mother Maria (Emily Taaffe).
Neve will take the viewer through the investigation into her death, going where the police can’t. In the process she uncovers deeply buried secrets and is forced to re-examine everything about her life and the people she cared about.
With a distinctive tone and visual style, The Rising is a story about love, justice and the cost of pursuing the truth in a world that wants to keep it hidden.
The series is set to star a fresh line up of young emerging talent including Clara Rugaard (I Am Mother) as protagonist Neve, Nenda Neururer (A Brief History of Struggle) as the irreverent Alex Wyatt who has recently returned to the area after three years away and Solly McLeod (Boxing Day) as Joseph Wyatt, Alex’s cousin and Neve’s longstanding boyfriend.
Daniel Ings (I Hate Suzie), Emily Taaffe (Rare Beasts), Alex Lanipekun (Spooks) and Robyn Cara (Ackley Bridge) are also set to star.
Following the RTS-winning Sky Original The Third Day, The Rising is the second in-house production from Sky Studios and the first to be produced entirely in-house.
The Sky Original drama was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky UK who excited to begin work on the Lakes-based production.
Zai Bennett, Sky’s Managing Director of Content said: “The Rising is a really fresh take on an atmospheric thriller and I’m hugely excited to bring this story to Sky, complete with a great line-up of young, emerging talent.
“The story of Neve takes audiences on a journey from mystery, suspense and horror, all set to the stunning scenic backdrop of The Lake District.”
The eight-part, one hour episode series will be directed by Ed Lilly (Industry) and will be executive produced by Julian Stevens (The Fall, The Missing) and Pete McTighe (A Discovery of Witches).
The series is written by Pete McTighe alongside Charlene James (A Discovery of Witches), Roanne Bardsley (Free Rein), Gemma Hurley (Host) and Laura Grace (Das Boot).
Julian Stevens, Executive Producer for The Rising said: “The Rising grabbed me instantly as an incredibly unique concept. It’s a powerful story with a strong and unexpected protagonist at the heart of it.
“We explore subverting tropes throughout, giving agency to our central character and allowing the entire narrative to be told from her perspective. It’s a pleasure to be working on such a compelling and dynamic show.”
In the UK, Ireland, Italy and Germany, the series will launch on Sky One in 2022.