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The Third Day review – will Jude Law make it out alive?

This portentous, pagan-tinged series about a man trapped on a mysterious island is full of spooky intrigue – if you can handle the absurdity of it all

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This portentous, pagan-tinged series about a man trapped on a mysterious island is full of spooky intrigue – if you can handle the absurdity of it all

Some housekeeping before we delve into Sky Atlantic’s new offering, The Third Day. The drama is divided into two sections, of three episodes each. The first trio is called Summer, in which a former social worker called Sam (Jude Law) becomes involved with a mysterious, troubled young girl who lives on the even more mysterious, troubled island of Osea. The second is called Winter and stars Naomie Harris as a single mother who brings her two daughters (Nico Parker and Charlotte Gairdner-Mihell) to the same island for a holiday and soon ends up wishing she had sprung for Center Parcs instead.

The two chapters will be divided by what the accompanying bumf from its makers, Sky and HBO, describe as: “a theatrical event broadcast online where viewers who seek more will be immersed in the world of The Third Day … Capturing events as live and in one continuous take, this cinematic broadcast will invite viewers deeper into the mysterious and suspenseful world of The Third Day, and blur and distort the lines between what’s real and what’s not.” A bit like those Coronation Street specials where they went off to Las Vegas or Brighton, then – but spooky.

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