With the success of shows like “Lost Girl,” Syfy is continuing to look across the border and even overseas for new series, and this time has centered its attention on BBC’s 12-part series “Sinbad.”
The series, starring Elliot Knight, will air in April, and feature the title character’s sea-bound journey after he is forced to flee from his home town of Basra. The series premiered in July on Sky1 and also stars “Lost” alum Naveen Andrews as Sinbad’s nemesis, Lord Akbari. Also appearing in the series are Sophie Okonedo, Timothy Spall and Dougray Scott.
“When mystical meets muscle, anything can happen in this exciting, action-packed series,” said Chris Regina, senior vice president of programming and original movies at Syfy, in a release. “With its strong production values and rich story, ‘Sinbad’ will be a terrific addition to our primetime lineup.”
The series was jointly produced both by BBC Worldwide and British Sky Broadcasting. It puts the popular storybook character Sinbad onboard The Providence along with a very eclectic crew that includes Gunnar (Elliott Cowan), jewel thief Rina (Marama Corlett) and aristocrat Nala (Estella Daniels).
Also on board are the cook (Junix Inocian) and the doctor Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas).
Although no specific scheduling for the series has been released, it could possibly be teamed up with Syfy’s new original series “Defiance,” which also is expected to bow in April. That show, starring Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Jaime Murray and Mia Kirshner, takes place on a post-apocalyptic Earth where humans and other refugee aliens have to learn how to live together.