Marked, the eagerly-awaited 30-minute one-off drama featuring Stephen Fry and Kiefer Sutherland, will debut exactly a week before Christmas on 18 December, 2014 at 10pm on Sky's flagship art and culture channel, Sky Arts 1.
It tells the story of James, a family man who has reached breaking point after struggling to cope with the pressure of work and money, and the grind of everyday life. James eventually decides to carry out a contract killing in an attempt to ease his financial woes, but finds his target is "the last person he expects to see". Ohhhhh.
Marked was commissioned earlier this year to feature in Sky Arts' Playhouse Presents…, which aims to showcase the best acting, directing and writing talent in the UK.
Sutherland, who's probably best known for playing Jack Bauer in 24 and your correspondent once stood next to at a gig, will play the lead. Fry - who recently appeared in 24: Live Another Day alongside Sutherland - and Kevin McNally - Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean quadrilogy - will also feature in the production, which was written by Greg Ellis, who played Michael Amador in the third season of 24, it says here.
Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts spoke of his delight at the prospect of Sutherland and Fry working together when the show was commissioned earlier this year: "When Stephen and Kiefer agreed to do a Playhouse Presents… it was like all my Christmases' rolled into one. Their enthusiasm to work together is evident and it echoes our own customers' enthusiasm for amazing and inspiring drama."
Sky Arts 1 is available on TalkTalk TV with the TV Starter Boost add-on, on Virgin Media TV with the TV M+, TV L and TV XL packages and, of course, on Sky TV with any package. You can also get it on NOW TV with a £6.99 a month Entertainment Pass.