The Death of Bunny Munro: Matt Smith to Star in Sky Adaptation

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Last Updated on January 20, 2024 by Stefanie Hutson

If you're a fan of Matt Smith or you're just someone who enjoys TV shows that combine both dark and light subjects, the upcoming TV adaptation of The Death of Bunny Munro will likely be of interest. 

What's The Death of Bunny Munro About?

Matt Smith will star in The Death of Bunny Munro

The Death of Bunny Munro will be based on Nick Cave's second novel of the same name, bringing to life the complex and darkly humourous story of its titular character, Bunny Munro. Played by Matt Smith (The Crown, Doctor Who) Munro is a flawed and somewhat unusual man dealing with the aftermath of his wife's suicide.

As a sex-addicted door-to-door beauty product salesman, Munro's life is a chaotic mix of self-indulgence and regret. Following his wife's death, he sets off on a road trip across southern England with his nine-year-old son, Bunny Junior. Together, they attempt to cope with their grief and find a way to understand and live with one another going forward.

Who's Involved in the Production?

In this Sky adaptation, Matt Smith not only stars as the lead but also serves as an executive producer. The project is penned by Pete Jackson, acclaimed for his BAFTA-winning work in Somewhere Boy. The production is helmed by Clerkenwell Films in association with Sky Studios, with Nick Cave also taking on the role of an executive producer.

The series boasts of directorial talent with Isabella Eklöf (Industry) at the helm, and the producer role filled by Matthew Mulot, notable for his work on Ghosts. Manpreet Dosanjh from Sky Studios and several others from Clerkenwell Films, including Petra Fried, Ed Macdonald, and Emily Harrison, join the executive production team.

When Will The Death of Bunny Munro Premiere?

The series is set to begin filming in spring 2024 in and around Brighton, England. With filming in spring, we would expect to see the series hitting UK screens in late 2024 or early 2025, but as always, that's a guess based on typical timelines.

In the UK, it's expected to premiere on Sky Atlantic and NOW. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle the international sales of the series, but no specific US premiere information is available for now.

Similar British TV Shows While You Wait…

Bucket

The Death of Bunny Munro features complex characters, occasionally dark themes, and a real sense that you're going on a journey with the main character. If that's your kind of thing, you may enjoy some of these other British TV shows while you wait.

  • Peaky Blinders: This gritty and compelling drama is set in post-World War I Birmingham, focusing on the Shelby crime family and their ambitious and cunning leader, Tommy Shelby. Stream it on Netflix. 
  • Bucket: Starring Miriam Margolyes and Frog Stone, this quirky four-part dark comedy also features a parent-child road trip. In this case, however, it's a daughter taking her mother on a trip to cross items off her bucket list. Stream it HERE
  • Luther: This dark crime drama follows DCI John Luther, a dedicated but troubled detective, who becomes entangled with some of the crimes he investigates. Stream it HERE
  • The End of the F***ing World: A unique blend of dark comedy and drama, this show follows two teenage runaways on a tumultuous journey, both seeking escape from their troubled lives. Stream it on Netflix. 
  • Broadchurch: A gripping mystery drama set in a small coastal town, where the murder of a young boy brings to light the community's complex and hidden secrets. Stream it HERE

Check Out the Source Material…

The Death of Bunny Munro

Australian novelist Nick Cave has had a diverse career as a musician, screenwriter, blogger, actor, and writer. Though we've no doubt the TV adaptation of The Death of Bunny Munro will be great, we love to read the book before we watch the show. Luckily, the book is available in a variety of formats: 

The Death of Bunny Munro: Kindle | Audible | Paperback | Bookshop.org (supports independent bookshops)

 

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