BAFTA® nominated actor James Nesbitt stars in a bold new crime drama co-created by legendary comic book writer Stan Lee and Neil Biswas and produced by the makers of Downton Abbey.

Brilliant but troubled cop Harry Clayton (Nesbitt) is a compulsive gambler in danger of losing the thing he values the most: his family. Then, one night at the casino, just as he is approaching rock bottom, Harry meets the beautiful and enigmatic Eve (Sienna Guillory), who gives him a mysterious bracelet said to endow the wearer with immense luck. To his great surprise, this lucky charm seems to work and Harry sees his fortunes begin to shift. However, this kind of luck comes with a price and soon Harry finds himself at the heart of a sinister crime wave sweeping through London. With luck on his side he sets himself against the city’s dark forces. But will it be enough to save him and his family?

A thrilling, action-packed crime drama about fate, gambling, superstition and the consequences of our actions, the series also stars Amara Karan (The Darjeeling Limited), Eve Best (Nurse Jackie), Darren Boyd (Spy), Omid Djalili (Moonfleet), Steven Mackintosh (Inside Men), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), Jing Lusi (Holby City), Stephen Hagan (Against the Dark) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van).

James Nesbitt as DI Harry Clayton in Stan Lee's Lucky Man (an original British drama for SKY 1)Photographer: Steffan Hill / © 2015 Carnival Film & Television Ltd

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Where did the idea for Stan Lee’s Lucky Man originate?
People always ask me what superpower I would have, or what power there is that I haven’t already given to a hero. I have always thought that luck would probably be the greatest power of all, because if you are lucky, everything turns out right. If it were an adventure story the bullet would miss. That led us to working out how that concept could be transferred to a television show, and decided that a man, our modern day hero, receiving a certain type of luck would make an interesting show. Luck is something that affects everybody and everybody can relate to it.

What were your top-three lucky breaks in life?
Being born to a mother who insisted I do a lot of reading. She was always buying me books and magazines and loved to see me read. And that is where my passion for reading stemmed from. Another lucky break was when I went to apply for a job at a publishing company and I found out that the opening was as an assistant in their comic-book department. My third lucky break, well that would be sitting here talking about this new show for Sky 1, which I am enormously excited about!

Do you consider yourself lucky?
Well I must be lucky. I am doing the type of work that I like to do and I have been doing it most of my life. A person has to do something in life and so many people have jobs where they do not particularly love what they are doing, but it is a living. They can’t wait to leave their job at the end of the day, but I can’t wait to go to my job and do what I do.

Why is London the perfect backdrop for the show?
I think London is the perfect backdrop for any type of show that has adventure, good characterisation, mystery and colourful backgrounds. London has everything you could want in a city that has to smack of realism and yet have an air of fantasy about it. I’ve loved the city of London from its descriptions in the novels of Arthur Conan Doyle and having visited London myself, I’ve loved the vibrancy of Soho. I am thrilled that this is where the show is being filmed and set.

What can audiences expect from the show?
I think people can expect a thrilling story, a surprise in almost every scene, fine acting and directing and a show that you don’t want to turn off or come to an end. At least that is what I feel when I watch these episodes.

Lucky Man comes to Sky1 in early 2016.

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