Doctor Who star Billie Piper has been cast in another drama for Sky.
Hot on the heels of the news that the actress has landed a role in Gothic horror series Penny Dreadful – a collaboration with US network Showtime – the satellite broadcaster has announced that Piper will also star in Foxtrot, a play about a gang heist gone wrong, alongside Ben Whishaw and Lindsay Duncan.
The drama, written by playwright Polly Stenham, will be shown as part of Sky Arts’ Playhouse Presents, making Piper the third Doctor Who star to work on the strand.
David Tennant starred in Will Self’s The Minor Character, about a man’s eroding relationship with his circle of friends, while Matt Smith made his directorial debut with Cargese, starring Craig Roberts and Joe Cole as two disaffected London teenagers.
Another newly commissioned play in the new Sky Playhouse season is Nightshift, in which Top Boy’s Ashley Walters and Life on Mars star Daniel Mays play two policemen on duty overnight in South East London.
The broadcaster is also making a 13-part medical drama, Critical, which unfolds in real time.
Stuart Murphy, Sky’s director of entertainment, said: “We’re so happy with these dramas. I hope they show we put a premium on creative endeavour at Sky and our philosophy of backing world class creative talent and pushing them to make their best work is the way to go.”
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.