28.5 C
New York
Saturday, July 24, 2021


There is no secret that HBO is the mastermind behind some of the most brilliant stories on television. And going forward into 2020, the network continues to add quality content to its quota. Its upcoming drama miniseries, ‘The Third Day’, is sure to give you some ‘Midsommar’ vibes. But knowing HBO’s penchant of delivering fresh stories, the miniseries will be one-of-a-kind. Starring Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Emily Watson, Naomie Harris and Paddy Considine, first impressions of ‘The Third Day’ are chilling and unsettling yet thrilling.

Here is everything you need to know about the HBO + Sky Atlantic series.


The show’s six episodes are divided into “Summer” and “Winter”. According to the official synopsis of the HBO series, “In ‘Summer’, one man visits a mysterious island off the British coast and discovers a group of inhabitants intent on preserving their home at any cost. In the second half, aka ‘Winter’, a strong-willed outsider comes to the island seeking answers – but instead causes a battle to decide its fate. As boundaries between fantasy and reality fragment, his quest to unlock the truth leads the islanders to reveal a shocking secret.”


Jude Law as Sam

Naomie Harris as Helen

Katherine Waterston as Jess

Emily Watson as Mrs Martin

Paddy Considine as Mr Martin


When does The Third Day start?

The Third Day does not have an official release date as of yet – but Sky and HBO have confirmed that The Third Day will air next year.

There will be six episodes in the limited series, each approximately an hour long.

Filming has recently begun for The Third Day, so more details about the show are expected to be released in the coming months.

To watch The Third Day when it airs, you can do so via HBO in the US.

UK viewers will be able to watch The Third Day on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.

What is The Third Day about?

The first three episodes will be called Summer and will follow the story of Sam, played by Law.

Sam is a man drawn to a “mysterious island” where he meets a group of indigenous people.

The first three episodes will be directed by Utopia’s Marc Munden.

The final three episodes are titled Winter and will follow the story of Helen, played by Harris.

Helen is described as a “strong-willed outsider” who arrives on the same island, where a battle takes place.

The winter episodes are directed by Three Girls director, Philippa Lowthorpe.


The HBO and Sky co-production is created by Felix Barrett and Dennis Kelly. According to HBO’s official press site, the miniseries is the first original drama to be produced by Sky’s new production house, Sky Studios, along with Plan B Entertainment, the world-renowned immersive theatre company Punchdrunk and writer Dennis Kelly. “Summer” is written by Kelly and directed by Marc Munden, while “Winter” is written by Kit de Wall, Dean O’Loughlin and Kelly and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe. The series is executive-produced by Barrett, Kelly, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

Where to watch

The limited series will premiere on HBO on Monday, September 14, 2020, at 9-10 pm ET/PT and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

Where was The Third Day filmed?

The Third Day filming locations include an eerie pathway to ‘The island, the green pastures where Jude discovers the ‘burning van’ and some more natural yet horror sites, which are originally green pastures in Kebt. According to the local media portal of Kent that is Hever Castle and Gardens, The Third Day was filmed in Kent. Several scenes of the project were shot at Hever Castle. The TV show is broadcasted on Sky and UKTV as per the website. The mystery thriller will be available for viewers from September 15, 2020.

The Third Day filming locations

According to the official website of Hever Castle and Gardens, several scenes were shot at the following locations below-

  • Hever Castle
  • Fog Signal Station
  • Allens Farm
  • Ferry House Inn & Harty Ferry
  • Chiddingstone
  • Bedgebury National Pinetum Forest
  • Shellness Beach and Huts, Quex Park
  • St Clere Estate
  • Grain Coastal Park
  • Walpole Bay Tidal Pool

The Third Day filming locations now

According to the official website, the mini-series was shot in stages. The scenes where Jude Law enters the island, along with several other scenes, was shot at the coastline. These were serene coastlines of British waters. The entire series was shot between the time of July and December 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic hit the globe. According to IMDB, the film was also partially shot in Osea Island, Essex, England.

Apart from The Third Day, several other films like Anne of the Thousand Days and The Passionate Pilgrim was also shot at the location at Kent. The location is popular for its mid-western style buildings and green pasture lands. At the moment as well, the Kent government is open to welcoming production houses and filming in and around Haver Castle, as mentioned on the website.

How has the coronavirus pandemic affected the show?

The original plan for Autumn was to create an immersive event on Osea, with members of the public taking part to tell that chapter of the story. However, COVID-19 put paid to that.

“We wanted to play with the idea of how you could tell a story across different disciplines… and the idea of breaking the fourth wall, we wanted to destroyed the fourth wall of the TV screen and enable the audience to fall inside the world of it and actually become part of it,” says Barrett. “But then COVID struck and we had to change our plans.”

At first, they thought the middle section might have to be scrapped entirely.

“But we decided to pivot to, rather than an audience of thousands on the island, an audience of one, which is a roaming camera,” says Barrett.

“There were a few moments where it looked like [the live event] was going to be a complete casualty,” says Kelly. “But actually, HBO and Sky were great. I think it would probably have suited them for the series to go out earlier, it probably would have helped them if the series had gone out earlier [without Autumn], but they were really good. They stood by it.”

What do they think viewers will make of it?

There’s “nothing more terrifying than seeing people’s reactions” when you’ve been working on something for years, says Kelly.

“When you’re making something, it’s just you and the thing and the people that are doing it and you’re sort of living in that sort of happy, blissful ignorance before anyone’s told you what they think of it.

“Then what happens is you put it on telly and a load of people tell you what they think of it, and that’s kind of a scary moment. So it’s a weird combination – looking forward to it, but also being just generally terrified of it as well.”

Could The Third Day pave the way for more events like this on screen?

“Maybe,” says Kelly. “From when I started [in TV], it has become a much more creative place. We all know this, I think, that TV is really just outstripping lots of other sorts of media in the way that it’s reaching for interesting things.

“It will depend whether it works or not. If it works, we might see more stuff like this. If it crashes and burns, everyone will say, ‘well, of course that was a stupid idea, why were you doing that?’

“I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve enjoyed the strangeness of the endeavour and I like doing things that I haven’t done before as well.

“There’s something in it that is really unusual and interesting. If it works, there will be a long way to take the form, there’ll be a lot of other ways to do this. And some of them will be really interesting, maybe more interesting than what we’re doing. So hopefully we will see more.”

Latest Posts


Don't Miss

Stay in touch

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.