UK broadcaster collars Hoodlum’s ‘Harrow’
In the first major international deal for Harrow, UK broadcaster UKTV has acquired exclusive UK rights to the crime procedural starring Ioan Gruffudd.
The 10-part series co-produced by Disney’s ABC Studios International and Hoodlum Entertainment will premiere on UKTV’s Alibi channel in July.
Alibi is the home of UK, US and international dramas including Death in Paradise, The Closer, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour, CSI: NY, Luther, New Tricks, Ripper Street, Taggart and Quantico.
December Media’s The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Every Cloud Productions’ Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries also screen on the channel.
When the renewal of the series co-created by Stephen M Irwin and Leigh McGrath was announced last week, Hoodlum’s Tracey Robertson said it has been sold to multiple territories, with deals to be announced soon.
The first five episodes drew an average audience of 674,000 in the five mainland capitals on the ABC, well above the 2017 average for that timeslot, and it is the most popular non-children’s program on iview this year.
Shooting of the second series is due to start in Queensland in September, presumably with most of the key cast returning.
Dayna Donaldson, general manager, Disney Media Distribution for the UK and Ireland, said: “We are looking forward to working with UKTV to bring the crime drama Harrow to the UK for the first time, following its great success in Australia, as the first co-production out of ABC Studios International’s London-based team.”