Billions TV Preview, Sky Atlantic
Since the inception of Sky Atlantic, television dramas here in the UK have seen a real spike in quality. All of the US’s best exports have made their way to the channel and some of Atlantic’s originally programmes such as Fortitude and The Tunnel had us hooked. The latest show to catch our attention here at Average Joes is Billions and it starts this Thursday!
Billions is set in the ego-driven world of New York high finance. The Showtime-made drama follows New York attorney, Charles “Chuck” Rhoades (played by Paul Giamatti), as he looks to take down billionaire hedge fund manager, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis).
Publicly, Axe is generous and charitable, and also happens to be a 9/11 survivor. He’s therefore much loved by the community despite also being dirtier than a pig in muck in the world of hedge-funding. Axe is no stranger to bullying and bribery, and his ruthless nature has made him one of the top dogs in New York’s unforgiving financial district.
Chuck has suspicions of Axe’s bent practices and sets his sights on another high profile takedown. But there’s a big problem – Chuck’s wife Wendy (Maggie Siff) is an in-house psychiatrist and life coach at Axe Capital and therefore shares a close friendship with Axe.
We’ve watched the first episode to get a feel for Billions and liked what we saw. It’s slick and gives a great insight into the power struggle on Wall Street as well as the world of hedge funds we so often hear about. The script is also fantastic having been penned by Aaron Sorkin’s brother, Andrew – a former New York Times reporters himself.
Billions begins this Thursday at 9pm on Sky Atlantic. Interestingly, Sky and CBS recently penned a deal that will make Sky Atlantic the exclusive home to Showtime’s portfolio, which includes the likes Dexter and Californication, as well as upcoming originals such as the new Twin Peaks and The Affair.