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SyFy Sets 12-Episode 'Sinbad' Season Debut For 6/8 (Sophie Okonedo, Ashley Walters, George Harris, Estella Daniels Co-Star)

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 28, 2013 11:04 AM
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Sinbad Nala

It was previously announced that, for those of you in the USA, the Syfy channel (who picked up stateside rights to the UK series Sinbad last year), would air the 12-episode season beginning on April 12 this year.

That date has apparently been pushed back 2 months per a press release from SyFy this morning, announcing that Sinbad will join the network's prime time schedule beginning Saturday, June 8.

Debuting at 9PM (ET/PT), the 12-episode Sinbad follows the epic sea journey of the flawed hero Sinbad, played by newcomer Elliot Knight, who embarks on a quest to rid himself of a curse and embrace his destiny, as he is forced to flee from his home town of Basra. On board The Providence, an intriguing band of travelers is thrown together, including taciturn Norwegian sailor Gunnar (Elliot Cowan/Marchlands), agile jewel-thief Rina (Marama Corlett/The Devil’s Double), and haughty and aristocratic Nala (Estella Daniels/Thorne). Completing the ship’s complement is the odd-ball cook (Junix Inocian/The 51st State) and the cerebral doctor Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas/Grange Hill).

Last month, we reported that that Sky1 (the UK network that originated the series) had cancelled the fantasy program, after just one season.


Impossibe Pictures had been hopeful of landing a second season order for Sinbad, especially since international distributor BBC Worldwide has sold the series to numerous international broadcasters [...] Impossible Pictures had set a team of writers to come up with ideas for a potential second season and that those were pitched to Sky, however, executives at the broadcaster felt that the series had run its course.

Well, better to end on a high note after one season, rather than extend to successive seasons that may or may not catch on. I recall reading an article on the UK's channel 4 website I believe it was, in which they stated their intent to continue to showcase new talent in new series (both in front of and behind the camera), instead of extending series past their initial first or second seasons, and recycling the same ideas and talent.

In a statement, Sky1 said: 

As a broad, family entertainment channel, Sinbad was the perfect drama to showcase Sky1’s ambitions for long-running, blockbuster series. We were thrilled with the cast and the production team at Impossible, however, we feel that Sinbad’s story has now been told.”

The BBC/Sky 1 HD production of Sinbad - that features performances from the likes of Elliot KnightSophie OkonedoGeorge HarrisAshley Walters and Estella Daniels - aired its 12-episode first season in the UK starting on July 8, 2012.

The series' official synopsis reads:

On the run from his home town of Basra and under a curse for a killing that led to the death of his much-loved brother, the streetwise Sinbad finds himself cast out to sea. Surviving a violent and magical storm, both Sinbad and his intriguing fellow ship-mates are forced to band together to face their inner demons, hopes, loves and fears. Our flawed hero embarks on an epic and emotional quest to rid himself of the curse and embrace his destiny. When mystical meets muscle anything can happen.

Elliot Knight stars as the legendary Sinbad, while Lost star Naveen Andrews plays Sinbad's nemesis Lord Akbari; Black brits Sophie Okonedo plays Razia, Queen of the Water-Thieves, Ashley Walters is Abdul-Fahim, George Harris stars is Zalelew, and Estella Daniels (in the photo above with Knight) portrays a character called Nala.

So, look for it on the Syfy channel in a couple of months, if you're interested. I anticipate there'll be some press materials released leading up to its premiere.

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  • Susan Matthews | August 6, 2013 9:22 PMReply

    I agree w Jule. My son & I love the series & would very much like to see it return w further episodes. If it does, I pray the same cast returns as well, as we have grown to love them. Fingers crossed!

  • JULE LAUDISIO | June 8, 2013 11:29 PMReply

    Loved the show. Hope Scfy picks up the second season. It's very entertaining and it's a pleasure to see other ethnic actors in starring roles.

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