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First Look: SundanceTV Crime Drama ‘The Last Panthers,’ with Samantha Morton

First Look: SundanceTV Crime Drama 'The Last Panthers,' with Samantha Morton

SundanceTV, already home to such acclaimed foreign and domestic series as “Rectify,” Germany’s “Deutschland 83,” and France’s “The Returned,” has signed on to co-produce six-part crime drama “The Last Panthers” with Sky Atlantic and Canal+, slated to air in the U.S. in the spring of 2016. The network will also partner on Irish period drama “Rebellion,” set amid World War I and the rise of Irish nationalism. The news comes out of the annual Cannes trade show MIPCOM, an
increasingly important marketplace for international distribution in the
age of global TV.

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“The Last Panthers” (trailer here) begins with a diamond heist and the death of a young girl, setting in motion an investigation that draws in a British insurance adjuster (Samantha Morton), her boss (John Hurt), a French-Algerian cop (Tahar Rahim), and a Serbian gangster (Goran Bogdam). The trail eventually leads to gun trafficking, the aftermath of the Balkan wars of the 1990s, and a web of corruption and organized crime that passes through Belgrade, Marseilles, and London. The series is written by Jack Thorne (“Skins”) and directed by Johan Renck (“Breaking Bad,” “Bloodline”).

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“Rebellion,” a co-production of Touchpaper TV and Zodiak Media Ireland for RTÉ, Ireland’s national TV and radio broadcasting service, follows three young women and their families through Dublin, Belfast, and London as the tumult of World War I clears a path for the Irish independence movement. Written by Colin Teevan, the five-part series features an all-star cast, including Brendan Gleeson, Charlie Murphy (“Philomena,” “Happy Valley”), and Michelle Fairley (“Game of Thrones”). “Rebellion” will air on SundanceTV in early 2016.

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