Temple (TV series)

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Created byMark O'Rowe
StarringMark Strong
Carice Van Houten
Daniel Mays
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes8
Executive producer(s)Liza Marshall
Mark O'Rowe
Mark Strong
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Hera Pictures
Original networkSky One
Picture format16:9 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original release13 September 2019 (2019-09-13) –

Temple is a Sky One television series and is an adaptation of the Norwegian television Valkyrien, which first aired in 2019. It stars Mark Strong, Carice Van Houten and Daniel Mays and was commissioned on 23 August 2018.[1][2] Sky One renewed the series for a second season.

On 13 February 2020 it was announced that the series will premiere in the U.S. on 9 March 2020 on Spectrum.[3]


In a labyrinth of abandoned service tunnels near Temple Underground Station, Daniel (Mark Strong), a surgeon, runs an illegal medical clinic to treat criminals and other desperate patients who cannot or will not seek help from regular medical facilities.[4] Daniel sets up the clinic to find a cure for his wife, Beth (Catherine McCormack), who suffers from a terminal illness.[5] Lee (Daniel Mays), a Temple station staff member, and Anna (Carice van Houten), a medical researcher, help him run the clinic.[6] The series focuses on the secrecy, exits and issues of trust as the clinic treats its desperate patients as well as Daniel's need for money to fund his research.[7]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Mark Strong as Daniel Milton, a brilliant surgeon who is willing to provide illegal medical care to fund his covert care of his wife and research into finding a cure for her illness
  • Daniel Mays as Lee Simmons, a transport network employee and "doomsday prepper", who helps Daniel establish an illegal underground clinic
  • Carice van Houten as Anna Willems, a medical researcher and friend of Beth, who had an affair with Daniel and reluctantly assists him with his underground clinic
  • Catherine McCormack as Beth Milton, Daniel's wife and a medical research scientist, who is suffering from a terminal illness
  • Lily Newmark as Eve Milton, Daniel and Beth's 19-year-old daughter who is studying at university
  • Tobi King Bakare as Jamie Harris, a fugitive bank robber
  • Wunmi Mosaku as Mercy King, the mother of bank robber Sebastian King
  • Craig Parkinson as Keith Sullivan, a criminal enforcer and ex-lover of Mercy King
  • Chloe Pirrie as DI Karen Hall
  • Ryan McKen as DI Rob Moloney
  • Siena Kelly as Michelle Wilson, Jamie's pregnant girlfriend
  • Claire Rushbrook as Gloria Wilson, Michelle's mother


  • Theo Solomon as Sebastian King, a bank robber
  • Kate Dickie as Eleanor, Beth and Anna's boss
  • Anamaria Marinca as Suzanna, a hospital worker who becomes a patient at the illegal clinic
  • Turlough Convery as Simon Reynolds
  • Mark Bazeley as Michael Chander, a fellow doctor and friend of Daniel's
  • Sam Hazeldine as Jack Lorean, Anna's boyfriend
  • Steffan Rhodri as Jeremy, Lee's manager
  • Jan Bijvoet as Clive
  • Johann Myers as Nick



Note: Every episode was available in the United Kingdom to view via download from Sky "On Demand" on 13 September 2019.[8]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Episode 1"Luke SnellinMark O'Rowe13 September 2019 (2019-09-13)
After a robbery job, Jamie is shot by armed police. He calls his friend Lee, who in turn calls Daniel, a surgeon who is attending a service for his wife, Beth, who died by suicide after a long illness. At 'The Clinic', a large rusty high ceilinged chamber with no windows, Daniel removes Jamie's spleen. Flashbacks detail that Beth was a medical researcher trying to find a cure for her disease. Meanwhile, Jamie wakes up and jumps off the operating table but slips on the blood on the floor, knocking himself unconscious. Daniel must operate again but lacks the necessary blood. Daniel calls research assistant Anna, knowing she is an O Negative donor, and lures her to Temple Station. Unwilling to be a live donor, Anna is Chloroformed and blood taken from her to save Jamie's life. Daniel walks to another wing where he sits by the bed of another patient with a ventilator: Beth.
22"Episode 2"Luke SnellinMark O'Rowe20 September 2019 (2019-09-20)
33"Episode 3"Luke SnellinMark O'Rowe27 September 2019 (2019-09-27)
44"Episode 4"Shariff KorverMark O'Rowe4 October 2019 (2019-10-04)
55"Episode 5"Shariff KorverMark O'Rowe11 October 2019 (2019-10-11)
66"Episode 6"Shariff KorverMark O'Rowe18 October 2019 (2019-10-18)
77"Episode 7"Lisa SiweMark O'Rowe25 October 2019 (2019-10-25)
88"Episode 8"Lisa SiweMark O'Rowe & DC Moore1 November 2019 (2019-11-01)


  1. ^ Mitchell, Robert (22 August 2018). "Mark Strong to Star in Comic Thriller 'Temple' for Sky". Variety.
  2. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (21 August 2018). "Mark Strong, Carice Van Houten & Daniel Mays To Star In Sky & Hera Pictures Drama 'Temple'". Deadline Hollywood.
  3. ^ "Spectrum Originals Debuts Thriller Crime Drama "Temple" on Monday, March 9". The Futon Critic. February 13, 2020.
  4. ^ "Sky Corporate | Articles".
  5. ^ Mitchell, Molli (2019-09-13). "Temple on Sky start date: When does it start? How many episodes?". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Molli (2019-09-13). "Temple on Sky start date: When does it start? How many episodes?". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  7. ^ Ferguson, Euan (2019-09-15). "The week in TV: Temple; State of the Union; Conspiracy Files and more". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  8. ^ "Watch Temple on Sky One".

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