New drama Riviera starts tonight on Sky Atlantic in the UK and it’s looking like one to watch. The 10-part series stars Julia Stiles and was created by Oscar-winning writer and director Neil Jordan (The Borgias), based on an idea by Paul McGuinness and co-written by Booker Prize-winning author John Banville (The Sea).
Riviera is an intoxicating thriller set in the opulent playground of the French Riviera, home to the world’s filthy rich. With morally ambiguous characters, complex relationships and audacious excess, viewers will get front row seats to the dazzling depravity of the ultra-rich. The sun-drenched luxury of the South of France provides the deceptively picture-perfect backdrop.
Watch the Riviera trailer below:
Stiles plays Georgina, a Midwestern US girl turned smart, resourceful wife of the billionaire Constantine Clios. After just a year of marriage, Georgina’s immaculate new life is blown apart when her art collector husband Constantine is killed in an explosion aboard the yacht of a Russian oligarch and arms dealer. Believing there to be more to the tragedy, she sets out to uncover what happened. Dark truths about Constantine’s dealings emerge and, as she begins to realise who she was really married to, Georgina enters a spiral of moral descent as she becomes immersed in a world of lies, double-dealing and criminality.
Riviera also stars Adrian Lester (Undercover, London Spy) as Georgina’s friend and art dealer Robert Carver; Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) and Dimitri Leonidas (The Monuments Men) as Constantine’s sons Adam and Christos; Academy Award nominee Lena Olin (Vinyl, Chocolat) as Irina, Constantine’s beautiful ex-wife, Roxane Duran (White Ribbon) as Adriana and Phil Davis as Jukes, the art fraud investigator trying to get to the heart of the truth.
Here’s the synopsis for the first episode of Riviera:
Julia Stiles stars as the wife of a billionaire banker who uncovers the truth behind their opulent lifestyle.
Tune in to Sky Atlantic HD at 9pm on Thursday 15th June to see the episode or binge watch the whole series on Sky Boxsets. Preview the episode with our gallery below: