Two of the UK’s most acclaimed actors, Steven Mackintosh (Luther, The Sweeney, Inside Men) and Olivia Williams (Anna Karenina, Hyde Park On Hudson, The Sixth Sense) star in lavish 1940s drama, The Halcyon, coming to DVD on March 20th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Produced by award-winning independent production company Left Bank Pictures the eight-part series, which aired on ITV, tells of a bustling five-star hotel at the centre of London society and a world at war.
The Halcyon also features Kara Tointon (Mr Selfridge, Sound Of Music Live), Alex Jennings (The Lady In The Van, The Queen), Matt Ryan (Constantine, Arrow), Hermione Corfield (Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur, Pride and Prejudice And Zombies) and Mark Benton (Eddie The Eagle, Waterloo Road).
The series shows London life through the prism of war and the impact it has on families, politics, relationships and work across every social strata with a soundtrack of music from the era.
Multi award-winning singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum has specially written two songs and top UK recording artist and celebrated singer Beverley Knight will make a special guest appearance in The Halcyon when she performs at the Café De Paris.
Created by Charlotte Jones (Trust Me) and lead series writer Jack Lothian (Doc Martin, Harry Price: Ghosthunters), The Halcyon reveals how war permeates everyone’s lives from the glamorous guests to its loyal, hard-working staff watched from within by American journalist Joe O’Hara (Matt Ryan).
Further cast includes Sope Dirisu (Humans, Undercover, The Mill), Liz White (The Woman In Black, Pride), Charity Wakefield (Close To The Enemy, Wolf Hall), Annabelle Apsion (Call The Midwife, The Village), Jamie Blackley (If I Stay, The Borgias), Edward Bluemel (Holby City), Nick Brimble (Granchester, War & Peace), Michael Carter (The Illusionist, Casualty), Akshay Kumar (Legends, Homeland), Imogen Waterhouse (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Nico Rogner (Looking For Simon), Kevin Eldon (Danger Mouse) and Lauren Coe (Camelot).
The Halcyon is executive produced by Sharon Hughff (Strike Back, Waterloo Road) and Left Bank Chief Executive Andy Harries (DCI Banks, The Crown) and produced by Chris Croucher (Downton Abbey). The drama was filmed in London and surrounding areas during 2016.
Synopsis: The Halcyon” is a drama set during World War II that tells the story of a bustling and glamorous five-star hotel at the centre of London society. Set to a soundtrack of the era, it shows London life and the impact of war on families, politics, relationships and work across every social class. Starring Sope Dirusu (The Huntsman: Winter’s War), Liz White (The Woman in Black), Hermione Corfield (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ), Steven Mackintosh (TV’s “Luther”) and Olivia Williams (Hyde Park on Hudson).
Available on DVD March 20
Bonus Materials Include Marvellous Party Featurette