Much has been made about how American television has embraced a more “limited series” approach, a la overseas television. In the same vein, there’s been a change in the American entertainment industry’s perception of TV. The small screen is no longer seen as a dead end or no man’s land for film actors. But again, this is something that has been done for years overseas, Alec Guinness was on the BBC playing George Smiley only a couple years after the colossal “Star Wars.” In fact, later this year a pair of some of the UK’s finest actors will be heading to the small screen for Sky Atlantic’s Euro-crime-thriller, “The Last Panthers” and a trailer has arrived online for the series.
Spread across six parts directed by Jerome Peirrat (“Downloading Nancy”) and written by Jack Thorne (the TV show “Skins”), the show tracks the attempt to recover diamonds stolen during a daring heist, with the story based on the notorious real life Pink Panther gang. Samantha Morton plays “a British loss adjustor charged with recovering the stolen diamonds whatever the cost,” John Hurt plays her boss, and the equally great Tahar Rahin pops up as a French-Algerian policeman also in pursuit of the missing diamonds.
The trailer is only a little over a minute long but it does a good enough job to sell the series in such a short amount of time. No premiere date for “The Last Panthers” is set yet. Watch the trailer below. [Live For Films]