A brand new series full of big stars was filmed in Essex and is airing on our screens for the first time tonight.
The Third Day is a six-part psychological thriller set on the ‘eerie paradise’ of Osea Island.
Featuring Jude Law, Emily Watson and Naomie Harris, the series is broken into three sections, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
In each of the six episodes, viewers will see the landscapes of Osea Island in Essex, near the Blackwater Estuary.
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Tonight’s episode, (Tuesday, September 15), will show the character Sam, played by Jude Law, arrive at the island and find himself unable to leave.
He is trying to deal with his past at the same time as the present starts to distort itself.
The second episode promises a unique ‘cinematic’ experience of a live broadcast, featuring Jude Law, Katherine Waterston and also, Florence and the Machines very own Florence Welch. This will be on Sky Arts
The show has been highly anticipated, with fans eager to see the thriller soon after the premiere dropped.
When is The Third Day on Sky Atlantic?
The series begins tonight (September 15, Tuesday) at 9pm on Sky Atlantic.
The six parts will then air weekly, with ‘Summer’ airing on September 15, 22 and 29, followed by ‘Winter’ on October 6, 13 and 20.
The special episode, which is the live broadcast, will air next Sunday, October 3, and be separate from the schedule.
The six episodes are called Friday – The Father, Saturday – The Son, Sunday – The Ghost, Monday – The Mother, Tuesday, – The Daughter, Last Day – The Dark and Autumn, which is a special programme. Each part will be uploaded weekly.
When is The Third Day on NOW TV?
You can catch the show on your Sky Atlantic TV channel.
The live broadcast will also be available to watch for free on Sky Arts and online on October 3.
If you don’t have sky, the show will also be available to stream directly on NOW TV, after it has been shown on Sky Atlantic.
The Third Day full cast:
Katherine Waterson – Jess
Emily Watson – Mrs Martin
Paddy Considine – Mr Martin
Mark Lewis Jones – Jason
Joe Blakemore – Smiling Boy
Amer Chadha-Patel – Preacher
Freya Allan – Kail
Borje Lundberg – Professor Mimir
Stanley Auckland – Boy with glasses
Tom Lawrence – Tomo
Sonera Angel – Wallpapering Young Woman
Will Rogers – Danny
Naomie Harris – Helen
Jude Law – Sam
Charlotte Gairdner-Mihell – Talulah
Paul Kaye – The Cowby
George Potts – Alan
Nico Parker – Ellie
John Dagleish – Larry
Richard Bremmer – Old Man
Tabitha Byron – Dig Girl
Anna Calder-Marshal – Margaret
Hilton McRae – Janny
Jessie Ross – Epona
Where was The Third Day filmed?
We know that filming crews chose the picturesque Osea Island for the set, but what is it really like?
It is a celeb hotspot, you would be forgiven for not knowing it existed as you look across the Blackwater Estuary at high tide.
The island has around 4.6 miles of private beaches and breath-taking scenery, meaning people have been known to escape there and enjoy the rustic gardens, orchards, meadows and salt marshes.
But with no street-lighting, traffic or aircraft noise, it is becomes an eerie and isolated location that suits the setting of this unnerving thriller.
Discussing what Osea is like in real life and The Third Day filming locations, Emily Watson, who plays Mrs Martin in the new series, said: “I think it’s a little bit creepy myself.
“On a clear day with a sunny sky, it’s beautiful. There’s amazing birdlife. But it’s got all these creepy hedge tunnels and it’s just got a sense that stuff has happened there, it was a rehab place for a while.
Emily Watson added: “And filming there was infuriating because of the tide. Exactly as in the story, if you missed the tidal causeway, you then had to wait to get a boat.
“There were only certain times of day when you could get on and off the island.
“But a lot of the time we just stayed the night; there’s a whole set and all those houses and everything, there were also cottages where people were living. So, it was a bit like being at a really kind of weird boarding school as well…”