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New HBO comedy series Avenue 5 debuts in January, exclusively on HBO GO and HBO

CREATED  by Armando Iannucci of 'Veep, Avenue 5, debuting in January exclusively on HBO GO and HBO (Astro Ch 411/ 431 HD), is a new HBO comedy set 40 years in the future when traveling the solar system is no longer the stuff of sci-fi fantasy, but a booming, multibillion-dollar business.

 Avenue 5 stars Hugh Laurie as Ryan Clark, the confident and suave captain of 'Avenue 5,' a space cruise ship with luxury amenities like gourmet buffets, a spa, an observation deck and yoga classes.

As the series begins, Avenue 5’s eight-week journey around Saturn is underway and its systems are optimal. But when the ship suddenly encounters technical difficulties, it’s up to Ryan and his crew to calm the disgruntled passengers and find a way to deal with unexpected events onboard – though they may or may not be equipped for the task.

The cast includes Hugh Laurie as billionaire Herman Judd, the mercurial face and name behind Avenue 5; Zach Woods as head of customer relations Matt Spencer; Rebecca Front as strong-willed passenger Karen Kelly; Suzy Nakamura as Iris Kimura, Judd’s right hand woman; Lenora Crichlow as engineer Billie McEvoy; Nikki Amuka-Bird as Rav Mulcair, head of Judd Mission Control; and Ethan Phillips as Spike Martin, a space enthusiast and former astronaut.

Season 1 guests include Andy Buckley as Karen’s husband Frank; Jessica St. Clair and Kyle Bornheimer as feuding couple Mia and Doug; Neil Casey as Cyrus, an Avenue 5 engineer; Matthew Beard as Rav’s deputy Alan Lewis; Himesh Patel as stand-up comedian Jordan Hatwal; Paterson Joseph as Judd’s business rival Harrison; and Daisy May Cooper as Sarah, a member of the bridge crew.

Created by Armando Iannucci; teleplay by Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell and Tony Roche; story by Armando Iannucci; executive producers, Armando Iannucci, Kevin Loader, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Will Smith; co-executive producer, Peter Fellows; produced by Steve Clark-Hall. 

Armando Iannucci has written, directed and produced numerous critically acclaimed television and radio comedy shows. “Veep,” the HBO comedy series created by Armando, has picked up numerous awards including three Emmys® for Outstanding Comedy Series. 

In 2017 he published Hear Me Out, a new book on classical music, and released the feature film “The Death of Stalin,” which was nominated for two BAFTAs and won Best Comedy at the European Film Awards. 

Armando’s latest film “The Personal History of David Copperfield” to be released in the U.S. in 2020, has received eleven British Independent Film Award nominations. - 7KLIK

[Credit: HBO]

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