Sky Atlantic Picks Up UK Rights To ‘True Detective’ & ‘Looking’

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Sky Atlantic has confirmed that, as part of their existing output deal with HBO Originals, they have picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to HBO’s new series True Detective and Looking, with both set to premiere in early 2014.

In addition, the channel has confirmed (as TVWise has previously reported) that they have picked up the rights to Girls season 3, The Following season 2, Nurse Jackie season 5, Game of Thrones season 4 and the final season of Mad Men. Girls, The Following and Nurse Jackie will premiere in January 2014, while Games of Thrones and the first half of Mad Men‘s final season will follow in Spring 2014.

Created by Nic Pizzolatto, True Detective follows two detectives, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), whose lives collide and entwine during a seventeen-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened.

Created by Michael Lannan, Looking revolves around three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men. The comedy series stars Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett. While Special guest stars include Russell Tovey and Scott Bakula.