Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Devils: Getting the real story behind obsession with following the money

© Sky ItaliaPatrick Dempsey as banking guru Dominic Morgan in Devils
Patrick Dempsey as banking guru Dominic Morgan in Devils

The financial crash of 2008 and the collapse of Lehman Brothers sent shockwaves around the world.

In its wake stood a reportedly reformed banking sector – the perfect climate in which to set a gritty financial thriller.

Based on Guido Maria Brera’s best-selling novel, Sky Atlantic’s 10-part series, Devils, tackles the power struggles taking place at the heart of the financial world.

Devils stars Suburra: Blood On Rome actor Alessandro Borghi, alongside Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey and From Paris With Love’s Kasia Smutniak.

The plot revolves around Borghi’s character Massimo Ruggeri, an Italian-born high-flyer and the head of trading at a fictional investment bank.

“I liked the perspective, it’s different to what we’re used to seeing, certainly here in America,” notes heartthrob Dempsey, 55.

“You see the impact of what happened with the crash from the European perspective, which I thought was really interesting, and how we’ve weaved in real events to help highlight our narrative, which I liked a lot.”

As Massimo finds himself caught up in a scandal involving his wife, a failed artist with a history of substance abuse problems, his US mentor Dominic Morgan, played by Dempsey, abruptly withdraws his support for Massimo’s promotion. Showcasing the repercussions of seemingly small-scale personal crises on the wider banking ecosystem, the series depicts the humans behind the computers and the emotional conflicts they face.

“It was nice to be able to show the characters’ flaws and the vulnerability of people who, from an outside perspective, have it all together,” says Dempsey.

“They have all the power – and they don’t, they’re missing their heart. People deal with grief differently. Some people go into denial, some people go right into it and feel it and I think that’s what we were trying to find.

“It’s very scary, I think, to be an actor and to come in and show that vulnerability, you need the right atmosphere.”

Shot in London and Rome, the nature of the project saw the team hopping across Europe in a bid to capture the required footage.

“The scenes in London were really tough for everybody, especially on the crew,” notes Dempsey.

“We would shoot one day in Rome and then be on the plane that afternoon and be shooting the following day in London, so it was really a tough one for the crew.”


Devils, Sky Atlantic, NOW TV from Wed