Sky Atlantic today proudly announces that Riviera, a sumptuous thriller set in the South of France, is coming to the channel in 2017.

Building on Sky’s commitment to making more quality drama than ever before, this brand new ten part series is created by Oscar-winning writer and director Neil Jordan (The Borgias), co-written with Booker Prize-winning author John Banville (The Sea), and starring Julia Stiles (The Bourne Series). The series is based on an idea from former U2 manager Paul McGuinness and is being developed and produced by Archery Pictures and Primo Productions.

Georgina (Julia Stiles) is newly married to billionaire Constantine Clios when he is killed in a yacht explosion. She is shocked to discover the fortune that maintained his immaculate, ever-so-tasteful lifestyle is tainted with dishonesty, double-dealing, crime, and ultimately murder.

Helped by Constantine’s first wife, Georgina will undergo an education in lying, double-dealing, outright theft and shocking criminality. She has to learn fast to maintain the Clios mansion and save the family from its enemies and from itself. Hiding her bloodstained fingers inside Chanel gloves, she soon reveals herself to be an A-plus student in the brutal art of survival.

Commenting on the role Julia Stiles said: “What attracted me to Riviera is the setting, a romantic and glamorous world where not everything is as it seems, and the opportunity to explore a character who is also not as she appears. Georgina is the classic anti-hero, ultimately a good person, but compromised by the corruption around her."

Anne Mensah, Sky’s head of drama continues: “Neil Jordan has created the most audacious show in the most exquisite and luxurious of settings. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect actress for the role of Georgina than Julia Stiles. This show is the perfect thriller for a Sky Atlantic audience – ambitious, compelling and clever. Quite simply, you won’t have seen anything like it on television before.”

Archery Pictures added: “It is a privilege to be part of Sky Atlantic’s line-up of brilliant international drama and we’re delighted to be working with Neil, John and Paul on Riviera. The narrative landscape they have created is decadent and riveting and we’re excited to be taking the audience on Georgina’s journey into the darker recesses of this gilded world.”

Executive Producers for Archery Pictures are Neil Jordan, Liza Marshall (Red Riding Trilogy, Taboo), Kris Thykier (Kickass, Woman in Gold) and former U2 manager Paul McGuinness. Riviera has been commissioned for Sky by head of drama Anne Mensah, commissioning editor Cameron Roach and director of Sky Atlantic Zai Bennett. Worldwide distribution is being handled by Sky Vision (Sky international division).

RIVIERA will be shot on location in summer 2016 and will transmit exclusively on Sky Atlantic in the UK and Ireland in late 2017.