3 x 60 minutes comedy drama for BBC iPlayer and BBC 2, shown as 6 x 30 minutes on US channel Showtime.


Sam Bain


Steve Bendelack


When Charlie (Tom Riley) is diagnosed with cancer, the prognosis is favorable – he’s young and healthy and the cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, has been caught early and is a type of cancer that responds well to chemotherapy. Suspicious of drugs and modern medical treatments, Charlie refuses the chemo in favor of a more natural, alternative form of healing. His oldest friends Joel (Chris Geere) and Tess (Jessica Regan) fear he’s written his own suicide note so they decide to hold him hostage and administer the chemo themselves with the help of Nadia (Lizzy Caplan), an unstable, alcoholic oncologist.

Tom Riley's Role



Late October 2016 until December 23rd 2016


Bristol area, including Bottleyard Studios, Castle Park, Hilles House, Prior Park and Chippenham

On UK & US

UK on BBC iPlayer from 22nd July 2017 and BBC 2 August 2017
US on Showtime from 13th November 2017
Australia on ABC Comedy from 8th January 2018

DVD & Blu-ray

11th September 2017 - UK (Region 2)

Da Vinci's Demons


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