Mark Strong thriller Temple coming to Spectrum Originals in March

Mark Strong stars in the Sky One crime drama Temple, which has its US premiere through Spectrum Originals on March 9. Photo Credit: Gareth Gatrell/Courtesy of Spectrum Originals.
Mark Strong stars in the Sky One crime drama Temple, which has its US premiere through Spectrum Originals on March 9. Photo Credit: Gareth Gatrell/Courtesy of Spectrum Originals. /

Deep State veteran Mark Strong goes underground in Temple, as the British crime drama finally has a U.S. home with Spectrum Originals.

Spectrum Originals is building a Temple. The network is bringing Mark Strong’s newest TV crime drama to the United States next month, giving American viewers their chance to see the legendary actor in another great role.

Strong is very familiar to U.S. fans for his starring roles as homicide detective Frank Agnew in AMC‘s Low Winter Sun and the UK miniseries on which it was based, and as former MI6 operative Max Easton in the first season of EPIX‘s spy thriller Deep State.

The Olivier Award winner was also recently seen as Captain Smith in Sam Mendes’ critically acclaimed war film 1917.

But in Temple, he’s in the modern day and clearly working against the law. His character Daniel Milton is an expert surgeon who discovers that his wife Beth (Catherine McCormack, Sherlock) has a terminal illness.

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Desperate to find money to pay for her expensive treatments, Daniel utilizes his skills to set up an illegal clinic that’s literally underground, providing services to people who have similarly been shut out of the medical system…or can’t be caught in a hospital.

It’s not long before Daniel’s new business venture gets him mixed up with some very dangerous people, as well as constantly in fear that he and his associates may be caught, leaving him behind bars—or maybe even dead—when his wife needs him most.

The series co-stars Daniel Mays (who played Danny Waldron in Line of Duty series 3) as Daniel’s right-hand man Lee Simmons and Emmy nominee Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones) as Anna Willems, Daniel’s former mistress who reluctantly agrees to become his assistant in the secret clinic.

Also appearing in significant roles are Luther alum Wunmi Mosaku and Midsomer Murders actor Sam Hazeldine, making this a series that will be on the radar of anyone who loves British TV crime dramas.

It’s certainly not a show for the faint of heart, though. This is a mix of crime drama and medical drama that centers around illegal medicine, so there will be a fair amount of graphic scenes. And Temple establishes early on that Daniel is willing to cross moral lines, not just laws, to get what he wants. He may be the protagonist, but he’s certainly no hero.

That being said, anyone who has seen Mark Strong in any project knows just how talented he is, and the show is worth watching for him alone. Having played so many characters with shades of grey over his career he does an incredible job of portraying the terrible things Daniel thinks are okay without completely destroying the audience’s interest in him. And his emotion in the more vulnerable moments is palpable.

Temple is a series that every crime drama enthusiast should see at least once, and now U.S. viewers will have the chance thanks to Spectrum Originals.

Watch the Temple trailer below. All eight Temple episodes will be available to U.S. viewers starting March 9, exclusively through Spectrum on Demand—perfect for an early March binge-watch!

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Temple premieres through Spectrum on Demand on March 9. Will you be watching? Let us know in the comments.