Sky Arts’ drama strand Playhouse Presents returns this year with a new slate of eight half-hour films.
The Dog Thrower is about a nervous young man and a big dog lover who one day sees another man throwing his dog in the air, much to the crowd’s enchantment. Wanting to be popular, he also starts to throw his dog in the air, with disastrous consequences. It is written and directed by Jon Ronson, and stars Matthew Perry, Tim Key and Kimberley Nixon. It is produced by Runaway Fridge.
Nosferatu in Love, written and directed by Peter Straughan, stars Mark Strong as a movie actor who, while filming Noseratu, runs away to a small Czech town when his young wife leaves him and teams up with a local petty crook. It is produced by Bonafide Films.
The Cruise, from writer/director Stewart Sugg, is about a couple (Jane Horrocks and Jason Watkins) who are just a week away from taking a dream cruise, when he begins to get cold fit. It is produced by Emu Films.
Nightshift follows two coppers in south-east London as they discuss life, the universe and everything else. It is written by Jimmy Gardner, directed by Bruce Goodison and stars Daniel Mays, Ashley Walters and Scarlett Alice Johnson. It is produced by World Productions and Cajun Pictures.
Foxtrot, written and directed by Polly Stenha, is a story about an ill-fated girl gang heist. It stars Billie Piper, Ben Whishaw, Lindsay Duncan and Alice Sanders, and is produced by Sprout Pictures.
Space Age, produced by Hillbilly Television, follows two ageing astronauts on a mission to a faraway planet, battling with loneliness, isolation and occasionally each other. It is written by Nick Moran and Ralf Little, directed by Lawrence Gough, and stars Richard Wilson and Simon Callow.
Damned, from What Larks, is a comedy drama set in a social services department. It is written by Morwenna Banks and Jo Brand, directed by Natalie Bailey and stars Brand and Kevin Eldon
The final film, Timeless, is about two women of different ages but united by the pain of being separated from their partners by war. It is written by Tim Firth, directed by Tony Smith and produced by Baby Cow. The cast inclused Sylvia Syms and Cara Delevingne.
Playhouse Presents returns to Sky Arts 1 from May 1.