UKTV’s Watch orders supernatural drama ‘Legion’ from ‘Hustle’ writer

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Created by Tony Jordan (Hustle, Life on Mars), the ten-part series is described as “a bold and exciting new drama series which follows criminologist Nathan Jones who, after learning the devastating news that his 10 year old daughter has an inoperable brain tumour, scours the globe in search of a possible treatment.”

The official synopsis for the supernatural thriller read: “His desperate quest for a cure brings him to the very edge of humanity, forcing him into one last throw of the dice, making a deal with the Devil to save the life of his child. When Nathan realises that he’s been tricked, he undertakes to renegotiate his contract by fighting the Devil’s work on earth wherever he finds it, ultimately leading him to a startling discovery – a revelation which will change the world as we know it forever.”

Tony Jordan commented: “Legion is my ultimate passion project; the one that I have been working on and trying to perfect for almost fifteen years; the one that has sat in my bottom drawer just waiting for the right time and place for this story to be told. UKTV share my passion for storytelling and have been brave enough to take a chance on it for their first ever original drama! I know that something as ambitious and bold as Legion is a risky commission for Watch, but I’m so excited and honoured that they are not just cautiously dipping their toe in the UK drama pool with us; they are diving in head first!”

UKTV’s Director of Commissioning, Jane Rogerson, added: “Tony is a master of his craft, with an incredible ability to interlace intricate plot details with a compelling and absorbing story arc. I’m personally delighted that we are recognising our drama aspirations with Tony and the Red Planet team and this is another bold move for UKTV in pushing forward with developing ambitious, talked about, original content.”

Tony Jordan’s new crime drama By Any Means begins on BBC One later this month.

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