• Julia Stiles stars in 'Riviera'. (SBS)Source: SBS
Julia Stiles stars in new drama series dripping in diamonds and dark secrets.
Staff writers

31 Aug 2017 - 8:48 AM  UPDATED 31 Aug 2017 - 9:30 AM

Get set for some jetset intrigue in the playground of the rich and famous, when Julia Stiles and our own Anthony La Paglia come to SBS in the intoxicating new 10-part thriller Riviera

The series, which goes to air on SBS in October, gives Dynasty a run for its money in the glamour stakes as it delves into the sordid secrets of the postcard perfect Cote d’Azur. 

Georgina’s (Julia Stiles) blissful life of Mediterranean luxury is torn apart when her billionaire businessman husband of one year, Constantine Clios (Anthony LaPaglia), is suddenly killed in a yacht explosion. Newly 

An American art curator for the super-wealthy, including her husband, Georgina was once an outsider to the dizzying world of superyachts, helicopters, fast cars and multi-million dollar artwork hanging in opulent villas. No trophy wife, she sets about piecing together the mysterious details of her husband’s death and secret life, which soon puts her in the centre of a dangerous set of people and circumstances. 

Georgina finds herself intertwined in the art world, the last unregulated frontier for money laundering, and in the messy relationships of the Clios family. Constantine’s cooly elegant first wife Irina (Lena Olin - Chocolat), moody eldest son Adam (Iwan Rheon - Game of Thrones, Misfits), playboy and heir to the family fortune Christos (Dimitri Leonidas - The Monuments Men), and troubled, self-harming teenage daughter Adriana (Roxane Duran).   

With comparisons to smash-hit crime drama series The Night Manager, Riviera is based on an original idea by Paul McGuiness, former manager of the band U2, and is an original series for Sky Atlantic. 

Riviera premieres Wednesday October 4 at 9.30pm on SBS Australia.