Sky Atlantic announces Bliss, a new comedy written and directed by Emmy Award-winning US writer, director and performer David Cross (Arrested Development, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret). The six-part series adds to Sky Atlantic’s new line-up of original comedy for 2017, which includes Sick Note and The Trip to Spain.
The series will star Stephen Mangan (Episodes), Heather Graham (The Hangover I & III, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) and Jo Hartley (This Is England). Bliss is a co-production between Merman (Catastrophe, Divorce, Todd Margaret) and Big Talk Productions (Cold Feet, Mum) in association with David Cross’s Liberal Jew-Run Media Productions for Sky Atlantic.
The series follows the complicated double life of Andrew (Mangan), a successful travel writer who, through extenuating circumstances, finds himself living between two sets of wives and children whose existences are unknown to each other. Andrew, in a constant state of moral crisis, must find a way to balance his time and energies between his wife Kim (Graham) and teenage daughter, while travelling back and forth across Bristol to his other family, wife Denise (Hartley) and their teenage son. As Andrew’s two worlds become ever harder to contain, so does his sanity. And he finds himself going to increasingly drastic lengths to protect the two families he loves.
Stephen Mangan said: “I’ve always wanted two wives so this project is very close to my heart. And I get to work with the super-talent that is David Cross. I can’t wait.”
Heather Graham added: “David has written an incredibly funny and wonderful script. I’m excited to be working with him and Stephen on this project.”
David Cross said: “This project is unlike anything I’ve ever done before, in so far as I’ve never been to Bristol. Is it nice? Heard good things. Oh also there’s a scene that takes place in Weston-super-Mare, so there’s that.”
Sky’s head of comedy Jon Mountague said: “Bliss is going to be unmissable. It is the latest evidence of Sky Atlantic’s amazing output, which in terms of talent, scale and storytelling further establish the channel as a world leader not just in drama but in comedy too.”
Bliss was commissioned for Sky by Jon Mountague and Zai Bennett, director of Sky Atlantic. It is written, directed and executive produced by David Cross, produced by Clelia Mountford for Merman and executive produced by Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice for Big Talk Productions and Sharon Horgan for Merman. Filming is scheduled to start in late November 2016 in London and Bristol.
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