BBC Two’s The Fall – which wrapped its first season as the channel’s highest rated drama in more than a decade and is about to begin production on season two with series creator Allan Cubitt at the helm – is heading into Europe.
HBO Europe has inked a deal with ZDF Enterprises, who holds distribution rights to the series in continental Europe, to pick up the five episode first season of The Fall. Per this deal with ZDFE, HBO Europe will broadcast the series on their Cinemax channels across the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Rumania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania within the first six months of 2014.
This is the latest international deal for The Fall, which has had a lot of buzz surrounding it ever since it was first announced in 2012. Content Television & Digital, who are distributing the series outside of Europe, has previously locked down deals for the series with Netflix, for the US and a number of other territories; and Bell Media’s Bravo channel in Canada. In addition, the show’s second season, which begins production next month, has RTE and Netflix lined up as co-financers and there has been some talk in recent weeks of a US adaptation.
Created by Allan Cubitt, The Fall revolves around a PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) investigation in Belfast into a string of Murders. After the PSNI are unable to make any progress on the case(s), Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, who is on secondment from London’s Metropolitan Police Service, arrives at the Belfast police station to review the murder investigation and close the case. The drama series is produce by Artists Studio and stars Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Archie Panjabi, Bronagh Waugh, Gerard McCarthy, Emmett Scanlan, Karen Hassan, John Lynch (The Jury), and Simon Delaney. Both RTE in Ireland and Netflix in the United States are on board for the second season, with both providing financing alongside other partners.