Sky is due to begin filming in the Lake District next month on new eight-part supernatural crime thriller The Rising.

The Rising is the first series produced entirely in-house from Sky Studios, Sky’s production and development arm, who are working with executive producer Julian Stevens, producer of The Fall (BBC Two) and Informer (BBC Two).

The Rising is the story of Neve Kelly (Rugaard), who discovers that she is dead. She’s scared and confused by this new existence. But, when she realises she has been murdered, she’s furious. She’s determined to find her killer and get justice, believing that it was 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 is a disruptive, unsettling hero who should not exist, and she needs to find her purpose. She takes us 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 nothing to lose but time, Neve will push for the truth even when it hurts. Her return forces everyone around her to change, confess, or start covering their tracks. But, it also reveals that there are others like her out there…

The series is set to star 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 and Manpreet Dosanjh, Commissioning Editor for Sky Studios. Serena Thompson serves as Executive Producer for Sky Studios. The eight-part, one hour episode series has Ed Lilly (Industry) as lead director and Thora Hilmarsdottir (Stella Blomkvist) is director. It 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 and Charlotte Wolf (The Last Kingdom) alongside Charlene James (A Discovery of Witches), Roanne Bardsley (Free Rein), Gemma Hurley (Host) and Laura Grace (Das Boot). NBCUniversal Global Distribution handle international sales on behalf of Sky Studios.

In the UK, Ireland, Italy and Germany, the series will launch on Sky One in 2022. In the UK, Ireland and Italy, it will also be available on streaming service NOW, as well as Sky Ticket devices in Germany, Sky X in Austria and Sky Shows in Switzerland. International sales for The Rising will be handled by NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios.

The Rising is adapted from the Belgian crime thriller Hotel Beau Séjour. The Belgian crime thriller Hotel Beau Séjour is produced by De Mensen and created by Nathalie Basteyns, Kaat Beels, Sanne Nuyens & Bert Van Dael for Eén. LS Distribution (Mediawan group) secured international distribution rights for the Dutch-Language television series.

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.”

Jane Millichip, Chief Content Officer, Sky Studios said, “Following a successful production collaboration on The Third Day, The Rising is the first series produced entirely in-house at Sky Studios. It re- enforces our ambition and commitment to building high-quality production capability that sits alongside our work with independents. It’s fantastic to be working with Julian Stevens and a world-class team of established and emerging talent, who are delivering a fresh and impactful take on the supernatural genre.

Julian Stevens, Executive Producer for The Rising said “The unique concept behind The Rising grabbed me instantly. 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 much of narrative to be told from her perspective. It’s a pleasure to be working with Sky and our brilliant team on such a compelling and dynamic show.”

Jon Creamer