BBC Greenlights Trojan War Epic ‘Troy: Fall of a City’

LONDON — U.K. broadcaster the BBC has greenlit swords and sandals epic series “Troy: Fall of a City,” a visceral retelling of the Trojan War. The move is being seen by some as an attempt to get into the “Game of Thrones” game, with the BBC promising “an epic tale of love, revenge, intrigue and bloodshed.”

David Farr’s series, which is to be produced by Kudos (“Humans,” “Broadchurch”), is told from the perspective of the Trojan family at the heart of the siege. The “psychologically rich and sweeping narrative” goes back to the saga’s origins: the judgement of Paris, his passionate elopement with Helen, and the ill-starred prophecy surrounding his birth.

Charlotte Moore, controller of the BBC’s flagship channel, BBC One, said: “David Farr’s bold and visceral rendition of the 3,000 year-old story, told across multiple parts and for the first time from the Trojan point of view will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen on BBC One before. Intimate and epic, gripping and exhilarating, rich with psychological intrigue and human drama, we will feel the characters’ passions, pain and loss.”

The executive producers are Derek Wax (“Humans,” “Occupation,” “Capital”) and Farr for Kudos and Matthew Read for the BBC. Additional production and casting details will follow next year.

Farr’s has adapted John le Carre’s “The Night Manager” for BBC and AMC, starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddlestone, which will be broadcast next year. He was a writer on BBC’s long-running television series “Spooks” (known in the U.S. as “MI-5”), and is a screenwriter for film, penning “Hanna,” the upcoming “HHhH,” starring Jason Clarke and Rosamund Pike, and his own film, “The Ones Below,” which has just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. He is also a theater director and writer, and was associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2009-2014.

More TV

  • "The Iron Lady," "Shame" Writer Abi

    "The Iron Lady," "Suffragette" Writer Abi Morgan Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis

    “The Iron Lady” and “Shame” writer Abi Morgan has revealed she is battling breast cancer. The 51-year-old British writer shared news of her diagnosis during a screening of the second season premiere of BBC One and Sundance TV drama “The Split,” which is produced by “Chernobyl” outfit Sister Pictures and Little Chick. Highlighting that it [...]

  • Micro Monsters 3D with David Attenborough

    Sky Bows Documentary, Nature Channels With David Attenborough, Mark Wahlberg Shows

    Comcast’s pay TV service Sky is adding two new channels to its U.K. portfolio, the company announced on Monday. Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature will launch this spring and will be available as linear and on demand channels and also on Sky’s streamer NOW TV. Originals on Sky Documentaries will include “Tiger Woods: The Comeback”; [...]

  • Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir

    Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir on Icelandic Series ‘Happily Never After’

    Nominated for YJR Best Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award at Sweden’s Göteborg Film Festival, a second season of “Happily Never After” is already in the works – a clear indication of a shift in audience tastes, in what was just a couple of years a Nordic Noir dominated market. It’s also a sort of rarity [...]

  • Billie Eilish 62nd Annual Grammy Awards,

    Grammys' Focus on Message Songs Meshes Well With Kobe-Mourning Mood: TV Review

    “It’s been a hell of a week,” said Alicia Keys, moments into her hosting gig on Sunday night’s Grammys telecast. “Damn! It’s a really serious one — real talk.” No kidding. Was this the first 99.9% joke-free Grammys, in the 62-year history of the telecast? Not that anyone should be complaining about that, exactly … not [...]

  • Feras Fayyad77th Annual Peabody Awards, Show,

    'The Cave' Director Feras Fayyad Finally Arrives in U.S. After Visa Troubles

    “The Cave” director Feras Fayyad has finally made it into the United States, weeks after he was denied entry into the country. According to National Geographic Documentary Films, which is behind the Oscar-nominated “The Cave,” “we can report that Feras arrived safely this evening in Los Angeles.” Fayyad’s arrival comes after he missed a Television [...]

  • I Sing the Body Electric

    'I Sing the Body Electric': How a 'Fame' Monster Was Reimagined for the Grammys

    Longtime Grammy telecast producer Ken Ehrlich has delivered his Grammy swan song (figuratively and literally), and it couldn’t have happened without … Walt Whitman. To usher out his 40-year era as the guiding light behind some of TV’s greatest musical moments, Ehrlich chose the song “I Sing the Body Electric” from the 1980 movie musical [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content