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Sky have called time on new drama A Town Called Malice after one series, despite producers having high hopes and preparing to film a second series. The news was originally reported by Deadline.

This intoxicating cocktail of crime thriller and family saga in the early ’80s follows the Lords - a family of former South London gangsters who’ve fallen to the bottom of the criminal food chain – and they’re not happy about it.

When they flee to the Costa del Sol in Spain following a gangland battle, the Lords realise this is a golden opportunity to re-invent themselves and re-capture their former glory. However, they spend as much time battling each other as they do their opponents.

A Sky spokesperson said (via Deadline): "A Town Called Malice is a riotous, neon-soaked love letter to the 80s and we are enormously proud of the series. Though we won’t be returning to the Costa del Crime, we would like to thank Nick Love, the cast, and the team at Vertigo Films for their hard work and creative vision."

The Lord family was headed up by Jason Flemyng (Save Me, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) as Albert Lord, Jack Rowan (Born to Kill) as Gene Lord, Tahirah Sharif (The Haunting of Bly Manor) joins as Cindy Carter, Gene’s girlfriend, and Martha Plimpton (Mass, The Good Wife) as Mint Ma.

A Town Called Malice is available now Sky Max and NOW.

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