Richard Gadd's new drama Lions gets major boost after Baby Reindeer success

Richard Gadd
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The creator of the hit Netflix series Baby Reindeer has received a huge boost for his follow-up series from a major US network.

Following the success of Richard Gadd's unflinching look at stalking, abuse and sexuality, his next project, Lions, will now be co-produced by HBO.

The BBC previously confirmed the project back in February, months before Richard became a household name overnight with the success of his seven-part drama.

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It's since become one of the most-watched shows ever produced by Netflix, and millions of fans are eager to see what the Scottish comedian does next, writes the Express.

Richard is now embarking on an even more ambitious undertaking with his new drama spanning almost 40 years from the 1980s to the present day.

According to a synopsis, Lions asks the question "What does it mean to be a man?" and follows two estranged brothers, Ruben and Niall, who reunite at one of their weddings.

"The series will cover the highs and lows of the brothers' relationship, from them meeting as teenagers to their falling out as adults," the logline continues, per Deadline.

"With all the good, bad, terrible, funny, angry, and challenging moments along the way. It will capture the wild energy of a changing city and a changing world."

Richard will both write and executive produce the show, with Alexandra Brodski (Somewhere Boy) and Eshref Reybrouck (Ferry: The Series) on board to direct.

In a statement, he said: "Ordering a HBO boxset of The Sopranos, The Wire, or Oz and watching it from start to finish were some of the happiest moments of my childhood. Since then, it has always been a dream of mine to work with HBO and be part of their iconic roster of shows.

"I am so grateful to Francesca Orsi, Kara Buckley and Clint LaVigne for taking this chance on the show and on Ruben and Niall too who despite growing up in a dead-end Scottish town would be absolutely pinching themselves at this. I cannot wait to get started."

Kara Buckley, SVP, HBO Drama Programming, added: "We are tremendously excited to partner with the BBC and Richard Gadd, whose remarkable talent continues to make waves across the globe. With this new, gripping and evocative series, we are proud to welcome Richard to the HBO family."

And Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, said: "We are delighted that HBO are joining us to bring Richard Gadd's exquisite Lions scripts to the screen. This is bold, brilliant, one-of-a-kind storytelling and we can't wait for viewers to see it."