‘Safe Harbour’

The UK’s BBC4 has acquired Matchbox Pictures’ Safe Harbour, the four-part psychological thriller directed by Glendyn Ivin and produced by Stephen Corvini.

That is the second major deal for the SBS-commissioned show after Hulu bought the US rights last year, where it premiered as a Hulu Original series.

The BBC acquired the series, which starred Ewen Leslie, Phoebe Tonkin, Jacqueline McKenzie, Leeanna Walsman, Joel Jackson, Nicole Chamoun, Hazem Shammas and Robert Rabiah, from NBCUniversal International Distribution.

It follows six friends on a yacht who encounter a stricken vessel carrying refugees during a voyage from Brisbane to Indonesia, scripted by Belinda Chayko (who also served as the showrunner), Matt Cameron and Phil Enchelmaier.

BBC4 also picked up returning shows including Icelandic crime series Trapped , Danish drama Follow the Money and Entertainment One’s Cardinal.

Channel editor Cassian Harrison said the deals show that BBC4 “continues to fire on all cylinders, bringing choice new titles and returning favourites back to its established Saturday night slot.

“Ranging from the open seas of the South Pacific to the back-woods of Canada, with some Nordic wilderness stop-offs along the way, we hope audiences will enjoy our thrilling Spring selections as much as we do.”

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