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Mark Strong’s Complicated Underground Life Continues to Spiral as 'Temple' Returns for Season 2 Monday, November 1 on Spectrum Originals

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LOS ANGELES – TEMPLE, named one of the “Best Shows of 2020” by the New York Times, makes its thrilling return to Spectrum On Demand when all seven episodes of the crime series drops ad-free on Monday, November 1.

Season One TEMPLE was ranked #1 in unique VOD HHs and #1 in overall VOD usage (HBO’s The Undoing was #2) for its first 15 weeks on Spectrum (through February 27, 2021).

“We are delighted to be back on Spectrum with Season 2 of TEMPLE,” said Strong. “This time we take viewers on a white-knuckle ride above ground where events spin dangerously out of control and Daniel is forced into an unholy alliance with an unusual medical fixer played by the inimitable Rhys Ifans.”

Strong plays the brilliant but haunted surgeon, Daniel Milton, who sacrificed everything for love in Season 1 when he opened an illegal medical clinic in the network of tunnels beneath London’s Temple subway station with hopes of healing his wife Beth (Catherine McCormack) with experimental treatments. But when word of the clinic started to spread among outcasts and the criminal underworld, Daniel became entrenched in dangerous battles between life and death, which continues throughout Season 2 as he tumbles deeper and deeper into the hole he’s dug for himself. As he’s faced with larger-than-life decisions, the choices he makes will define him forever – for better or for worse.

Additional talent returning to Season 2 includes: Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones), Daniel Mays (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Lily Newmark (Sex Education), Ryan McKen (Zomboat) and Tobi King Bakare (I May Destroy You). New cast that joins the dubious and deeply unpredictable underworld are BAFTA winner Rhys Ifans, Michael Smiley, BIFA winner Ruthxjiah Bellenea, Mandeep Dhillon, Jamie Michie, Will Keen and BAFTA winner Gbemisola Ikumelo.

Liza Marshall and Mark Strong as executive producers for Hera Pictures and Gabriel Silver executive produces for Sky Studios. TEMPLE is written by Colette Kane, Josh Freedman Berthoud, James Allen and Alan Westaway, Daniel Jackson and Daniel Cullen; produced by Laurie Borg and directed by Christopher Smith, Tinge Krishan and Fredrik Louis Hviid.

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About Spectrum Originals

Spectrum Originals is a premier destination for premium original series available exclusively to Spectrum video subscribers on-demand and ad-free. An initiative of Charter Communications, the service launched in 2019 with the Sony and Bruckheimer-produced drama “L.A.’s Finest,” starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. Currently in production are the Paramount Television Studios produced dramas “Joe Pickett” led by famed filmmakers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle and “Long Slow Exhale” a mystery drama set in the high-stakes world of women’s basketball. Upcoming projects include a limited series co-production with Paramount Network, “George & Tammy,” starring Oscar® nominee Jessica Chastain as country music legend Tammy Wynette, and Hitchcockian thriller, “Angela Black,” created and produced by Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning producers Harry and Jack Williams and starring Golden Globe Winner® Joanne Froggatt. Currently airing on the platform are the Michelle and Robert King produced satirical drama, “The Bite,” Season One of “Temple” along with popular limited series “Mad About You,” “Manhunt: Deadly Games” and “Eden.” More information on Spectrum Originals can be found at http://press.spectrumoriginals.com/

About Charter

Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) is a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 31 million customers in 41 states through its Spectrum brand. Over an advanced communications network, the company offers a full range of state-of-the-art residential and business services including Spectrum Internet®, TV, Mobile and Voice.

For small and medium-sized companies, Spectrum Business® delivers the same suite of broadband products and services coupled with special features and applications to enhance productivity, while for larger businesses and government entities, Spectrum Enterprise provides highly customized, fiber-based solutions. Spectrum Reach® delivers tailored advertising and production for the modern media landscape. The company also distributes award-winning news coverage, sports and high-quality original programming to its customers through Spectrum Networks and Spectrum Originals. More information about Charter can be found at corporate.charter.com.

About Hera Pictures

Hera Pictures was established by Liza Marshall, who was previously Head of Drama at Channel 4 (Boy A, Misfits, Red Riding Trilogy, Top Boy), before going on to establish and run Scott Free London for Ridley Scott (Taboo, Before I Go To Sleep, Life In A Day, Welcome to the Punch), and prior to this, she was a producer at the BBC (The Long Firm, The Sins, Eroica). 

Marshall produced season one of hit series Riviera for Sky Atlantic which garnered over 20m downloads as well as BAFTA-nominated The State for Channel 4. Hera’s first series, Temple, an eight-part drama starring Mark Strong was Sky 1’s most successful drama of 2019 and chosen as one of the top tv shows of 2020 by The New York Times. The second season comes out in October 2021.

Hera’s latest drama Honour, a two-part true crime story for ITV about a so-called honour killing starring Keeley Hawes and written by Gwyneth Hughes, attracted extensive media coverage and an audience of 6.7m.

Hera are currently working on DC Moore’s period drama Mary & George for Sky Atlantic, inspired by the real-life court of King James I as well as Peter Foott’s The Recognisers. They’re also developing Maggie O’Farrell’s multi award-winning novel Hamnet with Amblin, and Megan Hunter’s The End We Start From with writer Alice Birch (Normal People) and director Mahalia Belo (The Long Song).

About Sky Studios

Sky Studios brings to screen unique stories from the very best talent in Europe.  We develop, produce and fund original drama, comedy and documentary for Sky’s 24m customers and beyond. Building on the success of critically-acclaimed Sky Originals including Emmy-winning Chernobyl, BAFTA-winning Patrick Melrose and international hits Das Boot, Riviera and Britannia, Sky Studios is the new creative home of Sky Originals, such as The Third Day with Jude Law, I Hate Suzie, co-created by Lucy Prebble and Billie Piper and BAFTA-nominated hit comedy, Brassic.

We’re an agile Studio, seeking out the best untold stories from new voices while working in creative partnership with today’s best writers, producers and on-screen talent to bring viewers stories they wouldn’t find anywhere else.

With commissioning talent and production capability across the UK, Germany and Italy, we understand local tastes across Europe better than anyone else and have plans to more than double our investment in original content by 2024, fully supported and backed by Comcast NBCUniversal.

We’re also developing a new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, which is expected to lead to the creation of over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK creative sector in the first five years alone.

Sky Studios invests in the cultural economy and global production sector with equity stakes in several production companies in the UK and the US, including Great British Bake-Off creator Love Productions, and the premier reality crime producer in the US, Jupiter Entertainment, creator of long-running hit Snapped. Sky Studios has invested in high quality factual specialists Blast! Films, True North Productions, and Transistor Films; natural history producer True to Nature; drama producers The Lighthouse and Longboat Pictures; and growth businesses Sugar Films, Chrysalis Vision, and Talos Films (US).

Sky Studios launched in June 2019. The senior leadership team is Chief Executive Officer Cécile Frot-Coutaz, Chief Content Officer Jane Millichip, Chief Operating Officer Caroline Cooper, Director of Commissioning, Drama Gabriel Silver, Director of Comedy UK Jon Mountague, Director Original Production Sky Studios Italia Nils Hartmann, and Director Original Productions Sky Studios Deutschland Marcus Ammon.

Press Contacts

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Charter Communications

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