Peacock to adapt Scarrow novel ‘Last Light’ as limited series

Lisa Katz

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has ordered Last Light, a new limited drama thriller series based on Alex Scarrow’s novel of the same name.

Produced by MGM International Television Productions, the 5 x 60-minute series is being made in association with Nordic Entertainment Group’s Viaplay streaming service.

Patrick Massett and John Zinman (Friday Night Lights, The Blacklist) will serve as showrunners and executive producers, while Dennie Gordon (Jack Ryan) will direct the entire series and also exec produce. Veronika Lencova is producing.

William Choi, Sydney Gallonde, Rikke Ennis, Patrick Renault and Peter Settman are also attached to exec produce, as is Lost star Matthew Fox, via Entertainment 360, who is making his return to television in one of the leading roles.

Fox will star alongside Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) in the series, which is due to begin filming in Prague soon, with Film United overseeing physical production.

Last light tells the story of petro-chemist Andy Nielsen, an expert who knows just how dependent the world is on oil – and realises his worst fears are coming true.

With Nielsen is in the Middle East, his teenage daughter alone at home in London, and his wife and young son are in Paris, each family member will sacrifice everything to find one another, despite the distance and the dangers that separate them, as society begins to crumble.

Last Light is the perfect combination of an action-packed limited series with a compelling family drama at its heart,” said Lisa Katz, president scripted content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.

“Led by fan favourites Matthew Fox and Joanne Froggatt, this sweeping international saga spans several continents that provide a stunning global backdrop, yet is grounded in a relatable and topical story. We can’t wait to share this with Peacock audiences.”

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