Riviera: What you need to know about season 3 of the glamorous drama

The stunning French riviera forms the backdrop to the Julia Stiles drama about the murky world of art forgery, money laundering and murder on Sky Atlantic with NOW TV.

By Pippa Shawley Published: 2 March 2020 - 1.47pm
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Watch Riviera season 3 on Sky Atlantic with NOW TV later this year

With houses, yachts and designer clothes most people can only dream of, life on the French riviera seems perfect. Underneath the surface, it’s a different story. Behind the glamorous facades lurks fraud, betrayal and murder.  

What is Riviera about? 

Julia Stiles stars as Georgina Clios, a wealthy art dealer, recently married to billionaire Constantine (Anthony LaPaglia). 

When Constantine dies in an explosion on a yacht, it sends Georgina’s perfect life into a spiral. 

The first season saw her investigating the mysterious circumstances around her husband’s death, where she discovers that her husband was under investigation by Interpol over money laundering and art forgery. The season concludes with Georgina’s discovery that it was Constantine’s son Adam (Iwan Rheon) who was responsible for her death, and she stabs him to death. 

Season 2 saw the arrival of the Eltham family, a glamourous dynasty with their own secrets. Georgina is still battling for control of the Clios family with Constantine’s ex-wife Irina (Lena Olin) and has plenty of other problems to deal with. Irina is convinced that Georgina has something to do with Adam’s disappearance, and hires a private detective to investigate. Meanwhile, Georgina returns to New York for the funeral of her con-man father and confesses what actually happened to Adam. 

Julia Stiles as Georgina Clios Sky UK

What will happen in season 3?

After the dramatic season 2 finale, Georgina decides to leave the riviera behind, reinventing herself as Georgina Ryland, a rising star in art restitution. She travels the world on the hunt for stolen works of art, with filming taking place in Venice, Buenos Aires and St Tropez. With the drama of the riviera seemingly behind her, Georgina revels in her new job, where she has more clarity about what is good and bad. She also finds an ally in the carefree, charismatic and worldly Gabriel Hirsch (Rupert Graves), who helps her navigate her new life.

Riviera season 2 cast Sky UK

Who is in it?

Julia Stiles (10 Things I Hate About You) heads up a cast full of familiar faces. Oscar nominee Lena Olin plays her husband’s ex-wife Irina. Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) appears as Adam, Georgina’s stepson, alongside Dimitri Leonidas as Christos (The Monuments Men) and Roxane Duran (White Ribbon) as Adriana, and each of Constantine’s heirs have troubles of their own.

It was announced that Rupert Graves (Sherlock) would be joining the cast of season 3 as Georgina’s new international ally, Gabriel Hirsch.

Poppy Delavigne will also return as stylist Daphne Eltham, with Jack Fox returning as her brother Nico. 

When does Riviera season 3 start?

There’s no official word on when season 3 will launch, but given that the first two seasons started in May and June, we expect it to land on NOW TV early this summer.