ITV Studios will produce one-off TV movie The Psychopath Next Door for the UK’s Sky Living. Anna Friel (The Vatican, The Look Of Love) will play the glamorous titular character who moves into a suburban community where her magnetic personality hides her true nature. Described as darkly comic, the film is written by BAFTA winner Julie Rutterford. It will air in the fall as part of Sky’s Drama Matters block. Kate Bartlett exec produces for ITV Studios in the company’s first commission from Sky Living. Myar Craig-Brown is producer, Kieron J. Walsh directs.
Drama Matters has also added Lawless to the lineup. Written by Torchwood‘s Jacquetta May, the series hails from Warner Bros.-owned Shed Media’s Twenty Twenty. Scott & Bailey‘s Suranne Jones plays a new judge struggling to navigate the justice system. Jonathan Cake (Desperate Housewives), Chris Coghill and Lindsay Duncan also star.
Other shows on the docket include The Last Witch from Last Tango In Halifax‘s Sally Wainwright; Talking to The Dead from The Girl scripter Gwyneth Hughes; and soccer/modeling-themed Rubenesque. All of the titles are part of Sky’s drive to increase its investment in original British content. The company expects to spend £600M annually on British fare by next year.