BBC Four Acquires UK Rights To Aussie Drama ‘The Code’

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BBC Four is adding an Australian drama to their Saturday night line up.

The BBC has inked a deal with international distributor DCD Rights to pick up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the Australian drama series The Code. The deal, which was closed earlier this week at MIPTV, covers the show’s six episode first season, which BBC Four plans to air later this year.

Created by Shelley Birse, The Code is set in the spectacular Australian landscape and tells the story of two very different brothers who unearth information that those at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep secret. The drama was originally commissioned for ABC1 in Australia and stars Lucy Lawless (Spartacus), Adam Garcia (Camp), David Wenham (Top Of The Lake) and Aden Young (Rectify).

This is the latest deal that DCD Rights has lined up for The Code since nabbing distribution rights to the series earlier this month. The UK based distributor has also sold the Aussie series to DirecTV in the United States, Sundance Channel Latin America and DR in Denmark.

“Following the success of The Bridge II and Salamander, both of which attracted audiences of over 1m an episode, I’m delighted to welcome another action-packed thriller to the channel, this time from the striking landscape of Australia – reinforcing BBC Four’s reputation as the home of the best international drama”, said Cassian Harrison, BBC Four’s Channel Editor.

While Sue Deeks, the BBC’s Head of Programme Acquisition, added: “The Code is an intelligent and compelling thriller with a top-notch cast in a spectacular landscape – it has all of the ingredients that BBC Four viewers love.”