Kylie Minogue to star in Sky Arts drama

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Kylie Minogue is to star opposite Mat Horne, Peter Serafinowicz and David Harewood in a drama for Sky Arts, which has been written and directed by Marc Warren.

The drama, called Hey Diddly Dee, will also star Paul Kaye and Lee Boardman and has been announced as part of new content commissioned by Sky head of drama Anne Mensah.

This includes a new four-part drama about Ian Fleming for Sky Atlantic, which will star Dominic Cooper, and The Reckless Season, comprising five original dramas from female screenwriters that will be broadcast on Sky Living.

The new content announced by Mensah will also include the directorial debuts of actors Idris Elba and Matt Smith. All of the shows form part of Sky’s commitments to invest £600 million a year in homegrown content by 2014.

Mensah said: “At Sky we have a strong ambition to deliver modern, original dramas that are both entertaining and intelligent. Our broad range of entertainment channels has allowed us to commission this diverse and rich drama slate, providing customers with a wealth of choice and I’m thrilled to be able to unveil this fantastic line up.  The most exciting thing is that this is just the start of the growing drama story at Sky.”

Hey Diddly Dee, starring Minogue, will form part of Sky Arts’ Playhouse Presents strand. This will also include Cargese, written by Simon Stephens and directed by Doctor Who star Matt Smith, and Mr Understood, which has been created by Grayson Perry and Kate Hardie.

Meanwhile, the season will also include Nightshift, which has been written by Jimmy Gardner, and Pavement Psychologist, which has been written and directed by Idris Elba. It will star Anna Friel.

Also in the Playhouse Presents season will be Union Square, written and directed by Carlo Nero. It will star Vanessa Redgrave, Stephen Graham, Samantha Bond and Sushil Chudasama.

Also announced today is Mad Dogs - The Finale, a two-part drama for Sky1 written by Chris Cole, which will conclude the drama series launched in 2011 starring Max Beesley, Philip Glenister, John Simm and Marc Warren.

Meanwhile, Dominic Cooper will star in Fleming, a four-part series about James Bond creator Ian Fleming that will be broadcast on Sky Atlantic, and Sky Living’s The Reckless Season will include Talking To The Dead, written by Gwyneth Hughes, The Last Witch by Sally Wainwright, and Rubenesque, penned by Annie Griffin.