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Created by writer Dennis Kelly and Felix Barrett, Artistic Director of Punchdrunk, The Third Day is a new six-part drama and innovative theatrical broadcast airing from September 2020.

Starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris, The Third Day takes place across three stand-alone but interconnected stories set on a remote British island. Taking viewers into a captivating and distorted world where all is not as it seems.

Episodes 1 – 3 (Summer)

Written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Marc Munden (Utopia), Summer sees Sam (Jude Law) drawn to an alluring and mysterious island off the British coast. Isolated from the mainland, he finds he is unable to leave the idyllic and dangerously enchanting world he has discovered. As the secretive rituals of its inhabitants force him to grapple with the experiences of loss and trauma hidden in his past, the boundaries between fantasy and reality fragment. His quest to unlock the truth leads to the revelation of a shocking island secret.

Theatrical Broadcast (Autumn)

Directed by Felix Barrett, Autumn invites viewers deeper into the suspenseful world of The Third Day. Featuring members of The Third Day cast including Jude Law, viewers will follow the events of a single day in real time broadcast as live from the island. In one continuous and cinematic take, the rituals and traditions of the islanders are further revealed as the line between what is real and what is not increasingly blurs.

Episodes 4 – 6 (Winter)

Written by Kit de Waal, Dean O’Loughlin, Dennis Kelly and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, Winter follows Helen (Naomie Harris), a headstrong outsider who finds herself inextricably drawn to the island in pursuit of answers. With her family in tow, she is caught between the island’s splintered forces and their now fractious battle to decide its fate.

How to Watch

Episodes 1 – 6 (Summer and Winter) air weekly on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV from 15th September in the UK and on HBO from 14th September in the US.

The live broadcast (Autumn) will be available free-to-view on Sky Arts and online on 3rd October.

Sky · HBO · NOW TV


The Third Day cast includes Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts), Paddy Considine (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher) and Emily Watson (Chernobyl). It was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky UK’s Managing Director of Content and Cameron Roach, Director of Drama at Sky Studios, with Liz Lewin as the Commissioning Editor. The series is a co-production between Sky and HBO. It is the first original drama to be produced in house by Sky Studios, Sky’s new Europe wide production arm, in partnership with Plan B Entertainment, Punchdrunk and writer Dennis Kelly. All six episodes are produced by Adrian Sturges.

  • Naomie Harris, The Third Day. Photograph by Liam Daniel.
  • Emily Watson and Paddy Considine stood on a wooden pier stretching out to sea. Part of The Third Day TV series.
    Emily Watson, Paddy Considine, The Third Day. Photograph by Liam Daniel.
  • Jude Law, Katherine Waterson, The Third Day. Photograph by Liam Daniel.
  • Jude Law wrapped in a green blanket staring out of a window with a frightened look on his face. Part of The Third Day TV series.
    Jude Law, The Third Day. Photograph by Liam Daniel
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