Avenue 5 is set 40 years in the future where space travel is no longer an out of reach setting in sci-fi fantasy, but a thriving multibillion-dollar business. The comedy stars Hugh Laurie as Ryan Clark, a confident and suave captain of Avenue 5, a space cruise ship stacked with luxurious amenities including gourmet buffets, a spa and an observation deck. While an eight-week journey around Saturn is disrupted by technical difficulties, Ryan and his crew are tasked with calming down disgruntled passengers and managing a series of unexpected events that come their way.
Joining Laurie is Josh Gad (“Murder on the Orient Express”) as billionaire Herman Judd, the mercurial face and name behind Avenue 5; Zach Woods (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”) as head of customer relations Matt Spencer; Rebecca Front (“Poldark,” BAFTA winner for “The Thick of It”) as strong-willed passenger Karen Kelly; Suzy Nakamura (“Dr. Ken”) as Iris Kimura, Judd’s right hand woman; Lenora Crichlow (“Being Human”) as engineer Billie McEvoy; Nikki Amuka-Bird (CINEMAX’s “Quarry”) as Rav Mulcair, head of Judd Mission Control; and Ethan Phillips (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) as Spike Martin, a space enthusiast and former astronaut.
Created by Armando Iannucci; teleplay by Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell and Tony Roche; story by Armando Iannucci; executive producers, Armando Iannucci, Kevin Loader, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Will Smith; co-executive producer, Peter Fellows; produced by Steve Clark-Hall.