Philip Glenister, Max Beesley, John Simm and Marc Warren are to star in Mad Dogs, a new Sky1 high definition drama about a group of schoolfriends who get more than they bargained for when they go abroad for a retirement party.
The fortysomethings are invited to a friend's villa in Majorca to celebrate the retirement party for another old school friend, Alvo, who has made his fortune in property. However, the holiday turns into a "labyrinthine nightmare of lies, deception and murder".
Mad Dogs is due to air on Sky1 and Sky1 HD in four, 60-minute episodes in the spring of 2011. Location filming in Majorca begins this week.
The drama has been written by Cris Cole and is being made by the independent producer Left Bank Pictures, the company responsible for Wallander and the Sky1 drama Strike Back, which begins this week. Mad Dogs was commissioned by Elaine Pyke, Sky1's head of drama.
Mad Dogs is being executive-produced by Pyke, Left Bank's founder and chief executive Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie, the company's head of film. Adrian Shergold is directing, with Spencer Campbell producing.