Sky AtlanticSky Atlantic is to transmit cat-and-mouse thriller The Following starring Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy.

The storyline begins with notorious serial killer Joe Carroll escaping from death row then embarking on a new killing spree.

The FBI calls in former agent Ryan Hardy, a psychologically scarred veteran who captured Carroll nine years earlier, after Carroll murdered 14 female students on a college campus where he taught literature.

The tense thriller will follow Hardy and the FBI as they are challenged with the ever-growing web of murder around them, masterminded by the devious Carroll, who dreams of writing a novel with Hardy as his protagonist. The reinvigorated Hardy will get a second chance to capture Carroll, as he’s faced with not one, but a cult of serial killers.

Kevin Bacon who plays Hardy to Purefoy’s Carroll, says, “The script was a real page-turner. I picked it up and I read it all in half an hour. It scared the hell out of me, but I thought it was great. I also loved the character. I wanted to play a complex and damaged hero – and here he was right in front of me.”

The Following will debut on Tuesday the 22nd January, the day after the US premiere. The series has been created by Kevin Williamson of the Scream films fame.

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