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Sign up to our newsletter for daily updates and breaking news Sign up here! A brand new star-studded series filmed in Essex is airing on our screens for the first time tonight. The Third Day is a six-part psychological thriller set on the 'eerie paradise' of Osea Island. Featuring the likes of Jude Law, Emily Watson and Naomie Harris, the series is broken into three sections, Summer, Autumn and Winter. In each episode, viewers will see the mysterious landscapes of Osea Island in Essex, just off the Blackwater Estuary.

Tonight's episode will show the character Sam, played by Jude Law, arrive at the island and find himself unable to leave - trying to deal with his past at the same time as the present starts to distort itself. The second episode promises a unique 'cinematic' experience of a live broadcast, featuring Jude Law, Katherine Waterston and also, Florence and the Machines very own Florence Welch. When is The Third Day on Sky Atlantic? The series begins tonight (September 15, Tuesday) at 9pm on Sky Atlantic. The six parts will then air weekly, with 'Summer' airing on September 15, 22 and 29, followed by 'Winter' on October 6, 13 and 20.

The special episode, which is the live broadcast, will air next Sunday, October 3, and be separate from the schedule. When is The Third Day on NOW TV? You can catch the show on your Sky Atlantic TV channel. The live broadcast will also be available to watch for free on Sky Arts and online on October 3. The Third Day full cast: Emily Watson - Mrs Martin Joe Blakemore - Smiling Boy Stanley Auckland - Boy with glasses Jude Law - Sam Sign up to the EssexLive newsletter If you're looking for a way to stay up to date with the latest breaking news from around Essex, the EssexLive newsletter is a good place to start. The daily update will deliver the top news and features to your inbox every morning and evening. We choose the most important stories of the day to include in the newsletter, including crime, court news, long reads, traffic and travel, food and drink articles and more. Just put your email address in the box at the top of this story and click 'subscribe'. It's one of the many ways that you can read the news that matters to you from EssexLive. Where was The Third Day filmed? We know that filming crews chose the picturesque Osea Island for the set, but what is it really like? It is a hotspot for celebrity getaways, you would be forgiven for not knowing it existed as you look across the Blackwater Estuary at high tide. The island offers around 4.6 miles of private beaches and breath-taking scenery, meaning celebs have been known to escape there and enjoy the rustic gardens, orchards, meadows and salt marshes. Discussing what Osea is like in real life and The Third Day filming locations, Emily Watson, who plays Mrs Martin in the new series, said: "I think it's a little bit creepy myself. "On a clear day with a sunny sky, it's beautiful. But it's got all these creepy hedge tunnels and it's just got a sense that stuff has happened there, it was a rehab place for a while. Emily Watson added: "And filming there was infuriating because of the tide. "There were only certain times of day when you could get on and off the island. "But a lot of the time we just stayed the night; there's a whole set and all those houses and everything, there were also cottages where people were living. 'Anything could happen': Jude Law teases 12-hour live episode of HBO's 'The Third Day' Jude Law is about to enter his own version of "The Truman Show." Or maybe "Survivor." Honestly, no one knows what, exactly, is in store Oct. 3, when Law and a group of actors will congregate on a remote British isle for a live 12-hour episode of their new HBO series "The Third Day, which premiered this week and airs Mondays (9 EDT/PDT). The psychological thriller follows a grieving father named Sam (Law) who rescues a young girl and returns her home to the mysterious Osea Island off the coast of Essex, England. He soon finds himself stuck on the island after the tide comes in, and is introduced to its creepy inhabitants, who are preparing for an annual festival not unlike the pagan cults of "The Wicker Man" or "Midsommar." After its thir episode, the show pivots to an experimental all-day event, to be filmed in real time and broadcast uninterrupted online and on the U.K.'s Sky Arts channel. Pre-COVID, the idea was for members of the public to travel to the island, where they could interact with the actors and immerse themselves in the story. (The series was co-created by Felix Barrett, whose theater company Punchdrunk produced the popular "Sleep No More," an immersive riff on "Macbeth.") But given social distancing concerns, the audacious episode is now limited to the "Third Day" cast, along with members of the Punchdrunk company, scattered across the island. "We are still confident that it will feel like an event," Law tells USA TODAY. "We're all getting more and more used to experiencing things online, through our TV screens, our tablets and phones. The original idea was that we would continue the drama that plays out after (Episode 3), about this festival and these sort of rites of passage. The "Third Day" miniseries is split into three parts: "Summer," "Winter" and "Autumn," the middle section and the only live portion of the show. ("Summer" and "Winter," which stars Naomie Harris, were filmed pre-pandemic and consist of three episodes each.) Like "Sleep No More," the actors in "Autumn" will follow a loose narrative over the course of the 12 hours. "There is a very clear sense of what happens that day, because it's a day of this festival that the island has followed for hundreds of years, and there are certain stages that (the characters) have to accomplish for it to be a ritual success," Law says. "But having said that, there are elements I've asked not to know about because I want it to be in the moment and real," he adds. "And there are also elements where anything could happen." Law and his fellow performers will eat throughout the 12-hour shoot, and meals will be incorporated into the story. "There won't be any cell phones anywhere," Law says. "I'm someone who quite likes to leave my cell phone as far away from me as possible, as often as possible. So the idea of having 12 hours away from it is my idea of heaven, actually. I don't know that I want to go to these extremes every time I want to put my phone down for 12 hours, but you know." As for bathroom breaks, "they will probably be played in. But there's no pausing (filming). If you're following Sam, my character, then what happens happens. I don't know that that means cameras follow me into the toilet, but it will be played out in real time.