The series is described as "adrenaline-fuelled and gut-wrenchingly emotional" and will focus on a fire crew's professional and personal lives.
"We wanted to bring a new, modern view of heroism to Sky 1 HD - The Smoke was a perfect fit," said Anne Mensah, Sky's head of drama.
"It has all the huge-scale action and adrenaline that a show about fire can bring to the screen, but... there is also a beautiful depth and complexity to the characterisation. This is a show that asks real questions about what it means to be a man in today's world. "
Jane Featherstone of producers Kudos Film and TV added: "We are so pleased to be making our first series for Sky 1 HD whose ambition matches our own. In The Smoke, [creator] Lucy Kirkwood has created a rich, layered world and with [exec producers] Noelle Morris will bring these characters and stories to life in a bold and surprising way. You've never seen a fire show like this before."
The eight-part drama will begin production in early 2013 for transmission later that year.
Sky1 has also confirmed that Ashley Pharoah (Life On Mars) is to adapt John Meade Falkner's novel Moonfleet for a new two-part drama.
The tale of smuggling and adventure will be directed by Dan Percival (Strike Back) and will also transmit in 2013.
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