EyeSpy: From Armando Iannucci, the creator of The Thick Of It and VEEP, comes Avenue 5, a space tourism comedy set 40 years into the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster.

Set 40 years in the future when travelling the solar system is no longer the stuff of sci-fi fantasy but a booming, multibillion-dollar business. The series stars Hugh Laurie as Ryan Clark, the confident and suave captain of Avenue 5 – a space cruise ship with luxury amenities like gourmet buffets, a spa, an observation deck and yoga classes.

Among the 5,000 passengers and crew on board are billionaire Herman Judd played by Josh Gad, the mercurial face and name behind Avenue 5; Judd’s right-hand-woman Iris Kimura, actress Suzy Nakamura; head of customer relations Matt Spencer portrayed by Zach Woods; engineer Billie McEvoy performed by Lenora Crichlow and strong-willed passenger Karen Kelly played by Rebecca Front. Monitoring Avenue 5 from the ground is Rav Mulcair, portrayed by Nikki Amuka-Bird, the seen-it-all head of Judd Mission Control.

As the series begins, Avenue 5’s eight-week journey around Saturn is underway and its systems are optimal. But when the ship suddenly encounters technical difficulties, it’s up to Ryan and his crew to calm the disgruntled passengers and find a way to deal with unexpected events onboard – though they may or may not be equipped for the task.

Join the adventures from Wednesday 22nd January at 10pm on Sky One…

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