British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV has picked up a four-show package, including pre-sales for the crime series Handsome Devils (pictured) and Did He Do It?, from London-based distributor TCB Media Rights.
UKTV has pre-bought two series for its entertainment channel Really, including the 10 x 60-minute, BriteSpark Films and Saloon Media-produced program Handsome Devils, which examines charismatic murderers who use good looks to prey on victims, as well as BriteSpark Films’ 6 x 60-minute docudrama Did He Do It?, which follows real-life murder trials and encourages viewers to debate the verdicts.
Meanwhile, UKTV has also licensed Bondi Rescue (137 x 30 minutes), which follows the lifeguards at one of Australia’s most popular beaches. The CJZ-produced series was first broadcast on Channel Ten Australia, and has also been sold to NRK3 Norway; TV4 Sweden; TV3 Eire; Nat Geo Asia, Australia and New Zealand; TVB Hong Kong; and SBS in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Finally, the broadcaster, a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, has acquired Border Patrol (80 x 30 minutes), which centers on New Zealand’s border security personnel. The series originally aired on TVNZ, and has since been sold to SBS Denmark and Belgium as well as TV Norge.
“Real crime series have proved popular with our viewers on Really and we are excited to have secured these two brand new shows from TCB Media Rights,” said Alexandra Finlay, head of acquisitions and coproductions at UKTV, in a statement. “Bondi Rescue and Border Patrol also perform extremely well and continue to attract a loyal following.”