Hannibal starring Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen and Laurence Fishburne to air on Sky Living in the UK

The hotly anticipated drama series will be shown in Britain shortly after its US premiere in April

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Hannibal starring Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen and Laurence Fishburne to air on Sky Living in the UK
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Hannibal, a new US TV series starring Hollywood actors Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen and Laurence Fishburne, will air on Sky Living this spring.

Based on characters created by Thomas Harris in his novel Red Dragon, Hannibal explores the budding relationship between the genius psychopath Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mikkelsen) and a young FBI criminal profiler named Will Graham (Dancy).

Fishburne stars in the drama as the head of the FBI’s behavioural sciences unit, and Hannibal will also feature guest appearances from Gillian Anderson as Lecter’s therapist and Eddie Izzard as an inmate at an insane asylum.

In the series, Graham is faced with a case he can't crack and turns to Lecter in an attempt to better understand the criminal mind. But while the breakthroughs keep coming, little does Graham suspect that the man he's looking for might just be the doctor himself.

Discussing the show, Sky Living’s director Antonia Hurford-Jones said: “We are delighted to be adding Hannibal to our line-up of quality US drama on Sky Living. We know this is something our customers really love and we are committed to bringing them the best the US has to offer.

“This series is perfect for Sky Living because it will appeal not only our core female audience, but to a shared one too.  Plus it will complement our new original commissions which are starting to come through.”

Hannibal is set to debut on NBC in the US on Thursday 4 April and will begin airing on Sky Living shortly after its stateside premiere.

Watch a trailer for Hannibal below: