Channel 5 has closed a deal with Sony Pictures Television to acquires the exclusive UK broadcast rights to mini-series Hatfields & McCoys, which aired on History in the US earlier this year. I’m also being told that the three part mini-series is set to receive its UK premiere on Channel 5 in September.
Hatfields & McCoys tells the story of a clash of clans that evoked great passion, vengeance, courage, sacrifice, crimes and accusations, and includes a cast of characters that changed the families and the history of the region forever. The Hatfield-McCoy saga begins with Devil Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy. Close friends and comrades until near the end of the Civil War, they return to their neighboring homes – Hatfield in West Virginia, McCoy just across the Tug River border in Kentucky – to increasing tensions, misunderstandings and resentments that soon explode into all-out warfare between the families. As hostilities grow, friends, neighbors and outside forces join the fight, bringing the two states to the brink of another Civil War.
When Devil Anse Hatfield wins a legal battle against Randall McCoy’s cousin Perry Cline in a dispute over timber rights, the tension quickly explodes. Randall’s brother Harmon, who served as a Union soldier, is the first casualty of the feud and Devil Anse’s uncle Jim Vance is said to be the killer. However, the tipping point of the feud is when Randall accuses Devil Anse’s cousin Floyd of stealing his pig. Despite the bad blood, Randall’s beautiful daughter Roseanna falls madly in love with Johnse Hatfield, Devil Anse Hatfield’s oldest son, and the consequences are disastrous. The three part mini was produced by Thinkfactory Media and Sony Pictures Television and stars Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe, Mare Winningham, Matt Barr, Noel Fisher, Boyd Holbrook, Andrew Howard, Jena Malone, Sarah Parish and Lindsay Pulsipher.
Speaking of Hatfields & McCoys, Katie Keenan, Head of Acquisitions for Channel 5, said: “Hatfields & McCoys will be a great addition to our autumn line-up and further cement Channel 5 as the most watched channel for US drama in the UK. Our viewers will love this gritty and gripping star studded drama.”
Stuart Baxter, Senior Executive Vice President of European Distribution for Sony Pictures Television, added: “We’re delighted that Channel 5 becomes the UK home for this record breaking mini-series and look forward to UK audiences being gripped by the explosive family saga of the Hatfields & McCoys.”
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