New UK Sci-fi Show ‘Slingers’ Promo
I’ve seen links to this promo for Slingers pop up around the twitterverse over the last few days, partly due to writer Warren Ellis tweeting it as his ‘favourite new tv show’, despite the fact it’s still only in production at the moment, and doesn’t yet even have a pilot.
Slingers is set in 2263 A.D, following mankind’s first interplanetary war. Although Humanity won the war with an aggressive alien enemy, there was a cost… The way back to Earth is now cut off by an impassable barrier – a side effect of the blast that finally pushed the enemy back, leaving humanity clustered into a finite (but still vast) section of the universe known as Enclosed Space.
Not everyone is happy with their new home in the galaxy though, and rather than just ‘stay where they are and make the best of it’ as the military command would like, a small group led by Dominic ‘DM’ Monroe (Adrian Bower), a special ops war veteran decide to ‘borrow’ Colonel Hall’s (Sean Pertwee) experimental spacecraft that is capable of ‘Slinging’ itself to any point in space and therefore, theoretically, being the only known craft that could reach Earth.
Although it has the backdrop of a sci-fi show, it actually has more in common with a heist movie. They describe it as the action of Bullitt, the sophistication of Ocean’s 11 and the humour of M*A*S*H all wrapped in a futuristic package. From what i’ve seen of the promo, i’d say think Hustle crossed with Firefly, which in my book is no bad thing!
The show is written by Mike Sizemore and stars Sean Pertwee, Tom Mison, Adrian Bower, Margo Stilley and Haruka Abe. With the obvious exception of Doctor Who, it’s rare for the UK to come out with something quite so sci-fi, and it’s the first UK produced sci-fi show that’s really got me excited to see it in a long long time. Slingers is currently in production, and they’re hoping to shoot a full pilot in 2010. Really really hope the guys over at Sleepy Dog get this show off the ground, as I think it has the potential to be some of the best sci-fi to come out of the UK in years.