Riviera (TV series)

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Series titles over multiple images of a pointed gun
Created by Neil Jordan
Written by
Directed by Philipp Kadelbach[1]
Opening theme "Was It Love?" by Isabella 'Machine' Summers
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s)
Running time 45-46 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Archery Pictures[2]
  • Primo Productions
Original network Sky Atlantic
Picture format 4K (UHDTV)
Original release 15 June 2017 (2017-06-15) – present
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Riviera is a British television drama created by Neil Jordan and co-written by Jordan and John Banville. It premiered on Sky Atlantic on 15 June 2017.[3] The series stars Julia Stiles, Lena Olin, Adrian Lester, Iwan Rheon, Dimitri Leonidas and Roxane Duran.[2]

The first season of Riviera was released on 15 June 2017 on Sky Box Sets and NOW TV,[4] and was Sky’s most successful original series,[5] with an audience of 2.3 million an episode, and more than 20 million downloads and views total.[6] The series was renewed for a second season on 21 November 2017. [7]


Set in the French Riviera, the series follows Georgina Clios, a midwestern art curator whose life is turned upside down after the death of her billionaire husband Constantine Clios in a yacht accident. Georgina becomes immersed in a world of lies, double-dealing and crime, as she seeks to uncover the truth about her husband's death.[8]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Anthony LaPaglia as Constantine Clios, Georgina's billionaire philanthropist husband who dies in a yacht accident.[8]
  • Julia Stiles as Georgina Marjorie Clios, an American art curator who seeks to uncover the truth about her husband's death.[8]
  • Adrian Lester as Robert Carver, Georgina's old friend and an art dealer who sells forgeries and stolen artwork.[9]
  • Lena Olin as Irina Atman, Constantine's ex-wife.[9]
  • Iwan Rheon as Adam Clios, Constantine and Irina's eldest son who rejects his family's extravagant lifestyle and wants to be a writer instead.[9]
  • Dimitri Leonidas as Christos Clios, Constantine and Irina's second son who becomes the head of the Clios business empire after his father's death.[9]
  • Roxane Duran as Adriana Clios, Constantine and Irina's troubled youngest child.[9]
  • Igal Naor as Jakob Negrescu, Constantine's former head of security who has links with drugs, prostitution and gambling.[9]
  • Phil Davis as Jukes, a British art fraud investigator who works in the Serious Financial Crime Agency of Interpol.[9]
  • Amr Waked as Karim Delormes, an inspector in the Nice police force.[9]


Note: Every episode was available in the United Kingdom by download from Sky "catch up" following the first episode satellite broadcast.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [10]
1"Villa Carmella"Philipp KadelbachNeil Jordan & John Banville15 June 2017 (2017-06-15)0.71
2"Faussaires"Philipp KadelbachNeil Jordan & John Banville22 June 2017 (2017-06-22)0.67
3"La chambre secrète"Damon ThomasLydia Adetunji29 June 2017 (2017-06-29)N/A
4"Tableaux de famille"Damon ThomasChristopher Smith6 July 2017 (2017-07-06)N/A
5"Elena"Hans HerbotsStacey Gregg13 July 2017 (2017-07-13)N/A
6"Travail d'artiste"Foz AllenStacey Gregg13 July 2017 (2017-07-13)N/A
7"Le Don"Adrian LesterLydia Adetunj13 July 2017 (2017-07-13)N/A
8"La Clé"Paul Norton WalkerGuy Burt13 July 2017 (2017-07-13)N/A
9"Oeil pour oeil"Paul Norton WalkerGuy Burt13 July 2017 (2017-07-13)N/A
10"À la vue de tous"Paul Norton WalkerGuy Burt & Sophie Petzal13 July 2017 (2017-07-13)N/A


Neil Jordan has disowned Riviera.[11]

Filming for season 1 began in August 2016 in the South of France until February 2017.[8] The Clios' lavish "Villa Carmella" estate was filmed at the Chateau Diter in the Cote d'Azur.[12] The first episode of the series debuted at the MIPTV Media Market event in Cannes on 3 April 2017.[1]

Filming for season 2 started on 21 May 2018 to September 2018 in the Cote d'Azur, Monza,[13] Nice, and Monaco[14] for a 2019 release. Joining the show are Will Arnett, Juliet Stevenson, Poppy Delevingne, Jack Fox and Grégory Fitoussi, returning cast include Julia Stiles, Lena Olin, Roxane Duran and Dimitri Leonidas.[15]


Critical response[edit]

The series has received mixed reviews.

The Irish Independent's Darragh McManus described the series as an "exceedingly well-crafted soap" that is "beautifully filmed...with a stately pace, top-of-the-range acting talent and some interesting little philosophical musings on the nature of money."[3] Writing for The Guardian, Euan Ferguson commended "the presences and talents of Julia Stiles, Adrian Lester, Phil Davis and Lena Olin," and called the series "borderline unmissable".[16]

On the other hand, The Telegraph's Michael Hogan gave the first episode three stars out of five, noting that with Academy Award-winner Neil Jordan as the series' creator and Booker Prize-winner John Banville as co-writer, "the script should have soared but was disappointingly pedestrian."[17] The Guardian's Sam Wollaston called the series "awful", concluding that "Riviera might be flashy and moneyed but it lacks personality, charm, humour, soul. It is shallow, vulgar and boring."[18]


Sky stated that first episode of Riviera drew 1.2 million viewers live and on-demand, the largest audience for a Sky original series premiere since Fortitude in 2015.[4] BARB announced official consolidated ratings for the episode as 709,000. Variety reported an audience of 2.3 million an episode, and more than 20 million downloads and views total.[19][20]


  1. ^ a b c Ryan, Maureen (3 April 2017). "MipTV Review: 'Riviera' From Sky Atlantic". Variety.
  2. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (8 March 2017). "Altice To Co-Produce Sky's 'Riviera'; Cannes TV Fest Project Adds Former Culture Minister – Global Briefs". Deadline.com.
  3. ^ a b McManus, Darragh (15 June 2017). "'It's brain-candy of the purest grade' - Neil Jordan's Riviera is the new Dallas". Irish Independent.
  4. ^ a b O'Halloran, Joseph (24 June 2017). "Red hot Riviera becomes Sky Atlantic's biggest premiere in 2017". Rapid TV News.
  5. ^ Clarke, Stewart (21 May 2018). "Will Arnett Joins Julia Stiles' Sky Series 'Riviera'". variety.com. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  6. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (21 May 2018). "Fox TV Latin America Promotion, Will Arnett Joins Sky Drama 'Riviera' — Global Briefs". deadline.com. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Riviera Renewed For Season 2 By Sky! - RenewCancelTV". renewcanceltv.com. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d Tartaglione, Nancy (9 August 2016). "Sky's 'Riviera' Completes Cast Opposite Julia Stiles In Neil Jordan Jet-Set Thriller". Deadline.com.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h Kelly, Helen (31 March 2017). "Riviera season 1: Meet the star-studded cast led by Game of Thrones' Iwan Rheon". Daily Express.
  10. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB.
  11. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa (24 June 2017). "The Neil Jordan series that isn't: film-maker disowns Riviera". the Guardian. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Riviera: Where to find Julia Stiles' lavish villa in the Sky Atlantic drama". Radio Times. 15 June 2017.
  13. ^ "The cast of Riviera star on the Italian GP grid". skysports.com. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Sky Atlantic reveals first look at Riviera series two". standard.co.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Riviera season 2 casts Will Arnett and more big names". digitalspy.com. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  16. ^ Ferguson, Euan (18 June 2017). "The week in TV: Wife Swap: Brexit Special; Fearless; The Loch; Riviera". The Guardian.
  17. ^ Hogan, Michael (15 June 2017). "Riviera episode one: a stylish holiday for the eyes that needs to transport our imaginations, too: review". The Telegraph.
  18. ^ Wollaston, Sam (16 June 2017). "Riviera review – where's Dynasty when you need it?". The Guardian.
  19. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (21 May 2018). "Fox TV Latin America Promotion, Will Arnett Joins Sky Drama 'Riviera' — Global Briefs". deadline.com. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  20. ^ Clarke, Stewart (21 May 2018). "Will Arnett Joins Julia Stiles' Sky Series 'Riviera'". variety.com. Retrieved 18 October 2018.

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