|The Last Panthers|
|Also known as||Panthers|
|Created by||Jack Thorne|
|Written by||Jack Thorne|
|Directed by||Johan Renck|
|Theme music composer||David Bowie|
|Opening theme||"Blackstar" by David Bowie|
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Running time||48 minutes|
|Distributor||British Sky Broadcasting (UK) |
|Original network||Sky Atlantic (UK) |
|Picture format||16:9 1080i|
|Original release||12 November -|
17 December 2015
The Last Panthers is a Franco-British crime drama television series created by Jack Thorne and directed by Johan Renck. It is a fictional story inspired by the notorious Balkan jewel thieves the Pink Panthers. The six-part series premiered on Canal+ on 26 October 2015 in France and on Sky Atlantic on 12 November 2015 in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria. Its US premiere is scheduled for spring 2016 on SundanceTV.
The show opens with a diamond heist bearing a resemblance to those of a gang of thieves known as the Pink Panthers, before quickly delving into the dark heart of Europe where a shadowy alliance of gangsters and 'banksters' now rules.
On 6 October 2015, international news media announced that David Bowie had arranged his new track "Blackstar" as the theme song of the show, as well as introducing the listener to 45 seconds of the intro. The series director, Johan Renck, said of both the artist and the song; "The piece of music he laid before us embodied every aspect of our characters and the series itself: dark, brooding, beautiful and sentimental (in the best possible incarnation of this word). All along, the man inspired and intrigued me and as the process passed, I was overwhelmed with his generosity. I still can't fathom what actually happened".
Rolling Stone magazine's Daniel Krep said that the tune reminded him "of the bleak, haunting instrumentals on the back half of Bowie's 1977 album "Heroes"", and The Guardian suggested the song revealed Bowie 'at his most brooding.'
The series is soundtracked by Warp Records artist Clark. It is his debut TV score and director Johan Renck said "Chris's sensibilities and brazen creativity was bang on for a score to deal with everything from the Biblical grandeur of the story, via brooding darkness all the way over to tender sentimentality. He had it covered."