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In Spotlight: Ridley Scott's best television shows from The Good Wife and The Terror to Sky Atlantic's Raised by Wolves
He may be best known for Hollywood blockbusters but Ridley Scott also has some stellar TV credits to his name. As Raised by Wolves returns, we look at his biggest television hits.
Stream every episode of Raised by Wolves Season 2 on Sky Atlantic with NOW from 6 April.
Ridley Scott has created some of the most iconic films ever made, including Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator and, recently, House of Gucci.
But did you know that as well as helming these cinematic blockbusters, Scott has worked on a whole host of television programmes, often as an executive producer, bringing his cinematic eye and instinct for a good script to the small screen.
It was announced recently that both Alien and Blade Runner are to be turned into TV series overseen - and possibly directed - by Scott himself. With the second season of dystopian drama Raised by Wolves coming to Sky Atlantic and NOW on 6 April, we take a look at some of his most memorable TV projects.
Raised by Wolves
Scott explored uncharted territory again in The Terror, though this time in the more earthly but equally unforgiving Arctic.
Based on the book of the same name by Dan Simmons, The Terror is a fictionalised account of the real disappearance of two exploratory ships in 1845. Trying to find short cut to Asia through Canadian waters, British ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror go missin, with the 129 men on board the vessels never seen again.
Starring Jared Harris (Chernobyl) and Ciaran Hinds (Belfast), The Terror explores what might have happened in those bleak icy waters and how the men on board dealt with the mysterious events. In an interview with Indiewire, Scott talked about drew him to the show.
“What I was completely taken by was the entire crew, the below-the-deck conversations at dinner with the crew, the officers," he said.
"I thought, wow, this is special. All these people are special. This is going to be just great. Then you go on deck and get a glimpse of the set on the deck covered in deep frost is just fabulous. How could this not be interesting?”
Series 1 and 2 of The Terror are available to buy on the BT Player.
Scott was instrumental in getting the script of Taboo to screen and in shaping the show's murky world. Written by Tom Hardy and his father, Chips, Taboo is set in 1814 at the dawn of the industrial revolution.
In an interview with HeyYouGuys, Scott said that he worked closely with the Hardies to better present their world in the finished show.
“Chips had a very well written treatment in terms of the storylines and the characters, it was fundamentally a bible,” he explained.
“In anything I do I spend more time with the writers because the details, the milestones in the stories are the most important and as a director I know when I’ve got the milestones.”
Tom Hardy plays James Delaney, an adventurer returning to London from Africa to claim his inheritance after his father’s death. It’s dark, gritty and, as the name suggests, tackles subjects not normally associated with a period drama.
In the same interview, Hardy explained how he came up with the idea of James Delaney.
“It started with the character. I had played Bill Sykes in Oliver Twist and I wondered ‘What if Bill Sykes was the hero?’," he said.
"If you could amalgamate Hannibal Lecter, Sherlock Holmes, with Heathcliff with Marlow from Heart of Darkness and Bill Sykes – what would that look like?”
The answer? Pretty terrifying.
Watch Taboo on Netflix.
The Good Wife
The Good Fight
Ridley Scott stayed as executive producer on The Good Wife spin-off The Good Fight. The series starts where The Good Wife left off, but without Alicia Florrick and with Christine Baranski’s Diane Lockhart taking the helm is.
Dealing with the fall out of a financial scandal which cost her her savings and her job, Diane has to start afresh at a new law firm.
The series is currently filming its sixth season.
Watch The Good Fight seasons 1-3 on Prime Video.
The Man in the High Castle
One of Scott's most successful films, Blade Runner, was adapted from the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and the film director returned to Dick's works to adapt 1962 novel The Man in the High Castle for Prime Video.
The Man in the High Castle is set in an alternative future in which Germany and Japan have won World War II. Set in the 1960s, America is split in two, with the Nazis controlling the East of the country and the Japanese the West, and the Rocky Mountains acting as a neutral zone.
In the Japanese Pacific States, film, supposedly created by the mysterious ‘Man in the High Castle', is unearthed which shows the allied forces winning the war. Juliana Crane, played by Alexa Dalvados, is tasked with getting this film to the resistance in the neutral zone but with double agents at every corner, who can she trust?
Watch seasons 1-4 of The Man in the High Castle on Prime Video.
The Pillars of the Earth & World Without End
Scott's The Last Duel is set in the middle ages, but the recent movie does not mark his first foray into this era.
Adapted from the Ken Follett novel of the same name, The Pillars of the Earth is a six-part historical drama set in 12th century England. This 2010 drama boasts an exceptional cast including, Donald Sutherland, a young Eddie Redmayne, Matthew McFadyen (Succession), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Rufus Sewell, and Ian McShane as devious Bishop Waleran Bigod.
Sequel World Without End, based on another Follett book, is set 150 years later, at the start of the Hundred Years' War and will the added threat of the Black Death on the horizon. The cast is lead by Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) playing Petranilla, the wicked aunt of Caris played by Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders).
Watch The Pillars of the Earth on BritBox.
Watch World Without End on the My5 App.
Numb3rs was a procedural crime drama produced by Ridley and Tony Scott which ran for six seasons from 2005 to 2010. Based loosely on real-life cases, Numb3rs brought maths into the crime-solving equation.
The series starred Rob Morrow (Billions) as an FBI special agent Don Eppes and David Krumholtz (The Good Wife) as his brother and mathematical genius Charlie.
Numb3rs seasons 1-6 are available to buy on Prime Video.