About the Show

It's 1715 on the Bahamian island of Santa Campana, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (John Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown and part marauder's paradise, this is a place like no other on Earth - and a mounting threat to international commerce.

Teach/Blackbeard has set his sights on the world's first longitude chronometer, a device that will change society, sea-trade and global business. In a massive attack on an English vessel, Blackbeard attempts to steal the device; however, Tom Lowe, an English spy working undercover as the ship's surgeon, destroys the chronometer before it can fall into his hands. Taken as prisoner to Santa Campana Island, Lowe must find a way to reassemble the precious device, all while trying to unfold Blackbeard's plan... a plan that includes a threat to the English throne even worse than pirates.

From the award-winning creator of "Luther," Neil Cross, and award-winning executive producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald ("Gladiator," "Men in Black") comes an extraordinary action adventure with an unexpected moral center where one can't be sure whether the pirates or the British crown are the villains. One-hour drama.

Cast Bios

John Malkovich
John Malkovich



Neil Cross

Executive Producer

Neil Cross
Walter F. Parkes
Ted Gold
Ciaran Donnelly

Executive Producer/Director

David Slade (pilot)

Co-Executive Producer

Liz Sarnoff
Michael Oates Palmer
Blake Masters
David Digilio
Josh Friedman

Line Producer

Rudd Simmons
Jane Bartelme


Colin Woodard

Casting Director

Avy Kaufman
Patricia Alonso

Production Designer

Tom Conroy


Universal Television
Parkes/MacDonald Productions