The Third Day: Autumn

Global broadcast

The most fascinating TV experience of the year – maybe of the last 10

Culture Whisper


The Telegraph

A remarkable feat of live theatre and television

The Guardian

‘Autumn’ was the central chapter of The Third Day, three stand-alone but interconnected stories from Sky Studios in collaboration with HBO, Plan B, Punchdrunk and writer Dennis Kelly. 

The Bafta-nominated live theatrical broadcast took place across 12 hours and in one continuous take, charting the secretive rituals of a remote British island as Sam (Jude Law) faced a series of trials to become its new ‘Father’.

Winner of the RTS Award for best Live Event in 2021 and the DQ Daily award for Drama Craft at the C21 International Drama awards 2020.

Originally broadcast as-live on Saturday 3 October 2020, 9:30am to 9:30pm on Sky Arts.

Created by

Felix Barrett and Dennis Kelly

Directed by

Felix Barrett and Marc Munden

Written by

Felix Barrett, Kath Duggan and Emily Mytton with additional material by Dennis Kelly

Director of Photography

Ole Bratt Birkeland BSC

Composition and Sound Design

Stephen Dobbie

Associate Directors

Katy Balfour, Matthew Blake, Kath Duggan, Elgiva Field, Hector Harkness and Emily Mytton


Maxine Doyle

Design Director

Livi Vaughan


Hebe George & Kat Heath

Costume Designer

Mydd Pharo