Committed to creating standout drama series, the Atrium TV slate of original scripted content includes projects from “A" list writers and world class producers.
The truth behind the moon landing – an event series
On 20 July 1969, half a billion viewers saw only Apollo 11’s spectacularly successful landing on the moon, never knowing how close to a disaster it really was. The Lunar Module Eagle, in theory an impregnable refuge for the moonwalkers, was hardly more than a foil-wrapped canister held together by rivets and hope. Its picture-perfect landing on the moon was only seconds away from catastrophe. NASA’s public relations team fashioned an image of perfection for the astronauts and their families, but the halos didn’t fit – and the agency knew it.
ONE GIANT LEAP pierces the layers of a saga that’s been shrouded in myth for fifty years. It triumphs technology and strikes at the heart of what it means to be human. Above all, it’s a thriller whose intensity continues to ratchet upward even though its conclusions are as indisputable as the speed of light. We’re compelled to take the ride because, whether we’re flying into the unchartered territory of space or delving into the uncertain landscape of our own lives, it’s not the ending that counts. It’s the journey.
The series will have three two-hour episodes, each with a distinct perspective. One Giant Leap will premiere on July 16, 2019 – the 50th anniversary of the mission’s launch. It will feel as contemporary as tomorrow. Multiple storylines of those who became household names and those who until now have remained anonymous will combine to create the larger story of Apollo 11.
Written by Stephen Kronish ( 24, The Kennedys )
An unmissable new series from the producers of Game of Thrones
Paris in the long, hot summer of 1482 is a city on the edge of implosion. Quasimodo is set in the medieval city of Paris, a place riven by political tensions between Church and King, between a burgeoning middle class and a suffering underclass.
The city is like a pool of petrol, just waiting for a spark to turn it into an inferno. That spark is provided by the infamous Quasimodo, the feared hunchback of Notre Dame, one of the great characters of world literature. The bogeyman of Paris, he is safe as long as he stays inside the walls of the cathedral. But when the strange, beautiful Esmeralda enters the city with her travelling band of vagrant actors, the besotted Quasimodo is tempted out into the streets to get closer to her. It is a catastrophic decision that will end in spiralling violence, political chaos and a city in flames.
Dark, sensuous and brutal, Quasimodo is a doomed love story that will end in heart-breaking tragedy.
Based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
Written by Ashley Pharoah ( Life on Mars )
Executive Producers David Tanner, Tracey Scoffield, Frank Doelger, Charles Dance and Peter Dinklage