EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime UK has added another high-end US scripted drama to its slate of first run programming ahead of its planned launch this November. I’ve learned that parent company A+E Networks UK has sealed a deal with Sony Pictures Television to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to mini-series Bonnie & Clyde for Lifetime UK. The four-part mini-series, which will air state-side on all three of AETN’s flagship networks (A&E, History and Lifetime) this December, is being eyed for a late 2013/early 2014 premiere.
Bonnie & Clyde retells the fascinating tale of the legendary couple whose crime spree enraptured the American public. Rumored to have a sixth-sense to see events before they happened, Barrow was always able to stay one step ahead of the law as they escaped capture time and again. His one blind spot was Parker, who was intent on becoming famous and fed on the alluring media attention, pushing Barrow to commit riskier and more dangerous crimes to generate bigger headlines and make them the most famous criminals of the modern era. The mini-series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and stars Emile Hirsch, Holliday Grainger, Holly Hunter, William Hurt, Sarah Hyland, Lane Garrison, Elizabeth Reaser, Austin Hebert and Dale Dickey.
The acquisition of Bonnie & Clyde is the latest scripted buy for Lifetime UK and is part of A+E Networks UK’s strategy to mirror the output of the US Lifetime channel as much as is possible. TVWise previously broke the news that, as part of said strategy, the company had sealed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to acquire Witches of East End for Lifetime UK. That follows on from the recently sealed volume deal with Sony Pictures Television that gave Lifetime UK the rights to The Client List and a slew of Lifetime original movies.
TVWise’s Acquisitions Scorecard has been updated with this new information.