Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, announced today the original content that will be available when it launches, which includes two TV series from the UK.
Peacock, the new streaming service from NBCUniversal, has been rolling out its early bird access to folks with Xfinity X1 or Flex for a month now. My access kicked in a couple weeks ago, when I became glued to the telly watching the UK docuseries Escape to the Chateau and Escape to the Chateau DIY.
On July 15, 2020, Peacock launches nationally, and pretty much everyone across the US with an internet connection or a mobile data plan will be able to stream its programs. They include Peacock Originals, such as the highly-anticipated sci-fi drama Brave New World, an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s groundbreaking novel, whose cast includes the British actors Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones), Nina Sosanya (Last Tango in Halifax), Hannah John-Kamen (The Stranger), Joseph Morgan (Doc Martin), Kate Fleetwood (Harlots), Ed Stoppard (Home Fires), and Ann Akin (C.B. Strike).
Two other Peacock Originals are British TV series, both of which will premiere in their entirety in the US on the Peacock launch date.
This conspiracy thriller looks at a troubling world of fake news and the extraordinary capabilities of the intelligence services. When soldier Shaun Emery’s (Callum Turner, War & Peace, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) conviction for a murder in Afghanistan is overturned due to flawed video evidence, he returns to life as a free man with his young daughter. But when damning CCTV footage from a night out in London comes to light, Shaun’s life takes a shocking turn, and he must fight for his freedom once again. As Detective Inspector Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger, C.B. Strike, The Borgias) investigates Shaun’s case, she quickly learns that the truth can sometimes be a matter of perspective.
Created, written, and directed by Ben Chanan (The Missing, The People Next Door), the eight-episode series features Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Hand of God), Famke Janssen (X-Men, Taken), Ben Miles (The Crown, Coupling), Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy, Da Vinci’s Demons), Lia Williams (National Treasure: Kiri, Doc Martin), Sophia Brown (Clique, Marcella), and Paul Ritter (Chernobyl, Friday Night Dinner).
Set in the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters, this workplace comedy centers on a group of staffers at GCHQ — a kind of weedier, geekier, more bureaucratic version of MI5 and MI6 — who tackle domestic and international cyber crime from a desktop. When pompous maverick NSA agent Jerry Bernstein (David Schwimmer, American Crime Story, Friends) comes over from the U.S. to join the team, he quickly antagonizes the Director of Cyber Security (Sylvestra Le Touzel, The English Game, Secret State) as he enlists the inept and tactless computer analyst, Joseph (Nick Mohammed, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Reggie Perrin), in a power grab that threatens to disrupt the team’s ability to combat cyber terrorism.
A production of Expectation Entertainment, Intelligence is created and written by Nick Mohammed, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Nerys Evans (Catastrophe) for Expectation, David Schwimmer, and Morwenna Gordon (Urban Myths) for Sky (a division of Comcast, parent company of NBCUniversal).
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