The first run of eight episodes will follow Joy Division through their founding and rise to Ian Curtis’ death by suicide in 1980. It will then tackle the formation of New Order and the group’s early years, up through their 1983 hit, “Blue Monday.” (While a second season hasn’t been announced, it would conceivably focus on the rest of New Order’s Eighties heyday, their split in the Nineties, and subsequent reunions in the 2000s and 2010s.)
Transmissions will feature interviews with band members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert and Peter Hook, as well as an array of big-name guests: Bono, Johnny Marr, Damon Albarn, Liam Gallagher, Radiohead’s Colin and Jonny Greenwood, Karen O, Perry Farrell, Pet Shop Boys, Virgil Abloh and Thurston Moore. Actress Maxine Peake will narrate the series.
A trailer for the series teases a quote from Sumner, who says at the start of the clip: “Nothing would’ve stopped us — nothing did stop us, did it? Ian’s death didn’t stop us, Martin’s death didn’t stop us, getting all the equipment stolen didn’t stop us… There was nothing to go back to. There was no plan B.”
Transmissions was produced by Cup & Nuzzle, the podcast company behind Robert Plant’s show, Digging Deep.