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Sky Arts has a new drama up its sleeve, and the cast includes Rhys Ifans ('The Amazing Spiderman') and Sophie Kennedy Clark ('Philomena').

The four-parter is called 'Mills and Doom: The Marriage of Reason and Squalor'. It's made by visual artist Jake Chapman of the Turner Prize-nominated Chapman Brothers, and is based on his novel of the same name.

The story sees Lydia (Clark) be given a desert island by her fiancé as a wedding present. Once there, she meets oddball author Helmut (Ifans) who exerts a strange control over her.

Sky hasn't set an airing date, saying only later this year.

"After dedicating most of my artistic life to examining the dark underbelly of human existence, I was utterly delighted when Sky Arts expressed interest in a lesser-known facet of my creative passion," Chapman said.

"I can only thank them for going out on such a limb."

"We loved Jake's idea from the outset," added Sky Arts director Philip Edgar-Jones, "and the real thing promises to bring this unique creation to life in full technicolor glory.

"We're always on the lookout for drama ideas that will deliver artistic TV as well as compelling storytelling, and this does both. It's a gorgeously dark romantic tale with something really interesting to say at its heart."

The series will be filmed in Barbados and west London.

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