Sky Arts have recruited yet another slew of starry faces to appear in the new series of Playhouse Presents with the likes of Matthew Perry and Cara Delevingne set to join the previously-announced Billie Piper and Ben Whishaw.
The comedy and drama strand, championing innovative productions and original writing, will premiere eight new 30-minute episodes, enlisting the talents of the creators of Line of Duty, Moone Boy and more…
Perry takes on his first UK television role, following in the footsteps of his former Friends co-star Matt LeBlanc who has appeared in two series of BBC comedy Episodes. The 44-year-old – best known for playing Chandler Bing on the hit US sitcom – will star in The Dog Thrower, the story of a man who finds fame, and then infamy, when he starts throwing his pet dog. Co-starring comedian Tim Key and Fresh Meat actress Kimberley Nixon, the one-off film is the brainchild of Jon Ronson who will be making his directorial and TV screenwriting debut.
British supermodel Cara Delevingne has been branching out into acting of late with a forthcoming appearance in The Face of an Angel, but Playhouse Presents marks her television debut. The 21-year-old will appear opposite Sylvia Sims in Timeless, written by Tim Firth (Calendar Girls) and telling the story of two women with partners at war. Meanwhile, Ralf Little and Nick Moran will be making their first foray into directing and screenwriting with Space Age starring Richard Wilson and Simon Callow as two ageing astronauts taking a final and perilous journey.
And as previously reported by RadioTimes.com, Billie Piper will join forces with Ben Whishaw in Foxtrot – the story of a gang heist gone wrong – from award-winning playwright Polly Stenham (That Face), also making her directing and screenwriting debut. Plus, Mrs Biggs star Danny Mays will unite with Ashley Walters (Top Boy) and Scarlett Alice Johnson (Pramface) for Nightshift following two coppers cruising the streets of South East London in the small hours.
Also making appearances in the new series are Jane Horrocks, playing a mobile hairdresser in The Cruise, Mark Strong who will portray a tormented movie actor in Nosferatu in Love, and Jo Brand who will star opposite Kevin Eldon in The Damned – a comedy she co-wrote with Morwenna Banks.
The third series of Playhouse Presents is set to air on Sky Arts this May. First launched in 2012, it has previously showcased the talents of David Tennant, Emma Thompson, Steven Fry, Mark Gatiss and Tom Jones and seen the likes of Matt Smith and Idris Elba make their directorial debuts.