The new Spectrum Original drama, Temple hits the airwaves Monday and features actor Mark Strong in the lead role, playing a surgeon, who goes underground to help the less fortunate.  

Five Things You Need to Know:

  1. The plot surrounds a brilliant but haunted surgeon who sacrifices everything for love when he opens an illegal medical clinic in the network of tunnels beneath London’s Temple subway station. When word of the clinic starts to spread among outcasts and the criminal underworld, Stong's character becomes entrenched in dangerous battles between life and death and one for his very soul.
  2.  Strong serves as one of the executive producers of the show, which was written and adapted by Mark O’Rowe from the critically acclaimed Norwegian drama series, Valkyrien.  
  3. Strong, who is a well established stage, TV, and film actor and is perhaps best known for his roles in the Kingsman franchise and Shazam.
  4. The 47-year-old Londoner still mixes up his projects but loves where TV is heading, saying, "I’ve been making movies for the best part of the last 15 years and suddenly TV has come along and it is a great time to be an actor because there is this wealth of storytelling going on."
  5. Also wearing the producing hat for this gig, Strong says, "The control element is really exciting because you get a hand in the casting, get a hand in the writers room, talk about where the storylines are going, that’s the aspect I really enjoyed. On the flip side of course, it’s a bit like seeing the wizard behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz and realizing all the handles being pulled to make these productions exist and the scaffolding to build it. Actors are quite spoiled on the set because your job is to come in and tell the truth in front of the camera and do your scene."