Netflix has announced seven new scripted series as part of an effort to invest in UK-based productions.
Man vs Bee, created by Atkinson and Johnny English’s Will Davies, will star Atkinson as a man who feuds with a bee while housesitting in an opulent mansion. The series, a comedy, will be comprised of 10 episodes, each lasting just 10 minutes.
The Red Zone is a comedy about the world of professional football, written by sports journalists Barney Ronay and Jonathan Liew, and produced by Mendes.
Lockwood & Co is a sci-fi, written and directed by Cornish. Set in London, it focuses on a rag-tag crew of supernatural ghost-hunters, and is based on best-selling novels by Jonathan Stroud.
Other series include YA fantasy adaptation Half Bad, six-part horror Cuckoo Song, and Baby Reindeer, which is based on a stage play by comedian Richard Gadd.
“Setting up a team entirely based in the UK was always about being able to better connect to the fantastic program makers we have here — to provide a space for writers, producers, directors and actors that feels local, friendly and familiar but also provides talent the opportunity to make shows that will impact on a global scale,” said Anne Mensah, Netflix’s vice president of UK originals.
“UK-made stories really do speak to the world,” she added.
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