SinbadSky1 has axed Sinbad after just one season.

The 12-part series premiered midway through last year and featured newcomer Elliot Knight in the title role.

“As a broad, family entertainment channel, Sinbad was the perfect drama to showcase Sky1’s ambitions for long-running, blockbuster series,” Sky said in a statement.

“We were thrilled with the cast and the production team at Impossible, however, we feel that Sinbad’s story has now been told.

“We’re in development on a number of exciting new projects and look forward to sharing more news with our customers very soon.” Continue reading »

Sky1 series Sinbad has been picked up by Syfy for airing in the US.

The adventure series, which features talented newcomer Elliot Knight in the lead role, will screen in the US from April 2013.

“When mystical meets muscle, anything can happen in this exciting, action-packed series,” said Syfy’s Chris Regina. “With its strong production values and rich story, Sinbad will be a terrific addition to our primetime lineup.” Continue reading »

Sky 1’s new epic drama series Sinbad got off to a cracking start on Sunday evening, posting an audience three times the channel’s slot average.

The Elliot Knight-starring series began its 12-part run with an average of 1.05m (4.5%) in the competitive 9pm slot.

The slot average for the past 12 months on the channel has been 337,000 (1.4%). Continue reading »


Sinbad actor Elliot Knight has told of how he was advised not to pursue dramatic roles and that he should stick to something like Hollyoaks.

Knight, who is playing the lead role in the epic new Sky1 drama Sinbad, was told by an actress who he trained with that he wasn’t cut out for dramatic roles.

“We had a week of TV training with this lovely actress. At the end of the week she asked what roles we’d like to do, so I said I’d love to do something really dramatic,” he told The Sun. Continue reading »

The first extended trailer for the new Sky1 series Sinbad has been released.

The drama series, which features Elliot Knight, Dame Janet Suzman, Timothy Spall and Naveen Andrews, will air in July.

Check out our advance screening review here.

Today I attended a press screening in London hosted by Sky1 for their flashy new adventure series Sinbad.

Prior to the screening of the first episode we were informed that Sinbad is Sky1’s largest drama commission ever, so it’s fair to say the network has high hopes for the series.

Much of that hope rests on the shoulders Elliot Knight – a newcomer fresh out of drama school – who has been given the task of portraying the mythical figure in the 12-part drama series.

Given what I saw today, I have little doubt that Knight (who attended the screening) has a bright future ahead of him. For someone who has been thrown into a large-scale TV drama as his first major acting gig, he looks every bit the seasoned professional, both on and off-screen.

During the first half of the episode, we learn about the people close to Sinbad, mainly his brother, mother and grandmother. The death of his brother roughly halfway through the episode leads to Sinbad’s exile from his homeland of Basra at the hand of his grandmother. This is the significant event that will shape the rest of the series.

From there we meet a handful of new characters, sailor Gunnar (Elliot Cowan), jewel-thief Rina (Marama Corlett), doctor Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas), Cook (Junix Inocian) and Nala (Estella Daniels), as Sinbad illegally boards a ship and sets sail.

This rag-tag bunch of travellers form Sinbad’s crew as he voyages into the unknown in an attempt to rid himself of the curse placed on him by his grandmother when she ordered him from the city.

Former Lost actor Naveen Andrews is introduced as one of the villains of the series, after he is personally affected by Sinbad’s actions.

Overall, the first episode sets the scene nicely, with new relationships forming and plenty of interesting characters in the mix. Time will tell whether all of these characters bring anything of value to the storyline or whether they’re simply there to make up the numbers.

Visually, the episode was great. Shot on location in sun-drenched Malta, there was an authentic feel throughout and even the scenes on the ship – which we are told were shot in a studio housing a massive water tank, turntable and replica ship – were convincing.

Following the screening, a Q&A was held where Knight enlightened us on aspects of the production and the role he plays. It was here that he emphasised the series as escapism TV. He noted that audiences are looking to relax and escape from the realities of everyday life when they watch TV and he feels a series like Sinbad is perfect for this.

We were told by Sky1 that they are pitching Sinbad as a family series, one that all ages can enjoy. It must be for this reason, I suspect, that they have toned down the gore. Blood was kept to a minimum during scenes when you would expect to see the floor painted with it. After watching Game of Thrones, this is a slight change of pace.

If the first episode is anything to go by, Sinbad looks to be a light, fun adventure series that will provide easy summer viewing. It may not be a game-changer but it’s still well worth your time.

The lowdown:

Sinbad is a 12-part drama series premiering in July on Sky1 HD and Sky1.

It is an Impossible Pictures production for Sky and BBC Worldwide and is produced with the assistance of Nine Network Australia.

Cast: Elliot Knight, Naveen Andrews, Timothy Spall, Orla Brady, Sophie Okonedo, Estella Daniels, Janet Suzman, Elliot Cowan, Marama Corlett, Junix Inocian, Dimitri Leonidas.

Sky 1 have cast an unknown face as their lead in their new drama Sinbad.

Elliot Knight, who has just left drama school, will take on the role of the famous hero in the 13 part series which will follow Sinbad as he leaves his home and ends up cast out to sea.  A magical sea storm sees him and his fellow ship mates go on a voyage of awe and discovery.

Knight said of his new role, “I was thrilled when I heard I’d got the role of Sinbad. This is exactly what I have wanted to do since I was big enough to run around the garden waving a toy sword!  Sinbad is a great character for any actor to be able to play: impulsive, adventurous, passionate, loyal and brave. A true hero. His story is packed with action, adventure and fantasy and I am looking forward to the exciting challenge of bringing him to life for a new generation.”

Also starring in the series as Sinbad’s enemy is Lost’s Sayid, Naveen Andrews.  They will be joined by Hotel Rwanda’s Sophie Okonedo and Timothy Spall.

Production is already underway in Malta and the series will air next year.

Sky1 today (Tuesday 3 August, 2010) announced the commission of SINBAD (13 X 60’) from the Emmy® and BAFTA® winning Impossible Pictures (Primeval).

The new production promises a 21st century take on the classic 8th century iconic hero, SINBAD, reinvigorating the hero’s adventures for a contemporary audience.

Commissioned by Elaine Pyke, Head of Drama, Sky 1 HD, the series will be exec produced by Impossible Pictures’ Sophie Gardiner and Tim Haines from scripts by an award winning staple of writers including Jack Lothian (Ashes To Ashes, Shameless) and Neil Biswas (Skins, Martina Cole’s The Take). Annie Harrison-Baxter, Commissioning Editor, Drama, Sky1 HD, will exec produce for Sky.

SINBAD. Hero or Villain? On the run from his home town of Basra and under a curse for a killing that led to the death of his much-loved brother, the streetwise SINBAD finds himself cast out to sea. Surviving a violent and magical storm, both SINBAD and his intriguing fellow ship-mates are forced to band together to face their inner demons, hopes, loves and fears. Our flawed hero embarks on an epic and emotional quest to rid himself of the curse and embrace his destiny. When mystical meets muscle anything can happen….

Pyke commented: “Our SINBAD is 21, reckless, utterly charming and cursed. Mysticism, magic, monsters and high octane action adventure, this SINBAD is always exciting and sometimes challenging. This unique series will have the ambition of LOST, the pace of 24 and take the viewer to visually stunning locations on both sea and land. Sky’s SINBAD will be a multi-layered series for today’s prime time audience.”

Gardiner added: “This is a hugely ambitious project and we’re thrilled to partner with Sky to reinvigorate this much loved action hero. We’re confident that SINBAD will confound audience’s expectations and create a big, noisy series for Sky 1.”

SINBAD is part of Sky1’s multi-million pound HD drama investment fund. Principal photography is scheduled to start in Malta in February 2011 for a scheduled premiere on Sky 1 HD in the winter. The search is now on to find an actor to play the iconic role. SINBAD is an Impossible Pictures production for Sky1 and BBC Worldwide. Grainne Marmion is the producer. BBC Worldwide is the international distributor.


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