UKTV’s Watch Channel Acquires UK Rights To Gillian Anderson Starrer ‘Crisis’

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Gillian Anderson is getting a second series on British television.

UKTV has closed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Crisis for their flagship entertainment channel Watch. The X-Files and The Fall alum Anderson stars in the series, which is currently airing state-side on NBC. Watch plans to launch Crisis later this year.

Created by Rand Ravich, Crisis picks up when the children of Washington, D.C.’s elite, top-of-their-industry CEOs, international diplomats, political power players and even the president’s son are kidnaped. Now with some of the country’s most powerful parents at the mercy of one vengeful mastermind, the question arises: How far would you go and what would you become to ensure your child’s safe return? With so many parents and dignitaries put into play with nowhere to turn and no one to trust, this unthinkable scenario grows from the select families at risk to an entire nation at stake. The drama is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars Lance Gross, Dermot Mulroney, Gillian Anderson, Max Martini, Max Schneider, Halston Sage, Rachael Taylor, Stevie Lynn Jones, Michael Beach, James Lafferty and Joshua Erenberg.

“Watch brings its audience another irresistible UK premiere. Crisis is an exciting and original conspiracy thriller full of unexpected plot twists”, said Steve Hornsey, General Manger of Watch. “It captures the current enthusiasm for political intrigue in a fast-paced and dramatic character story, brought to life by a fantastic ensemble cast.”

While Catherine Mackin, UKTV’s Director of Programme Acquisitions, added “Crisis provides compelling viewing and will no doubt keep Watch viewers on the edge of their seats as the conspiracy unravels. I’m also thrilled that we are continuing our successful partnership with Twentieth Century Fox and offering British viewers the chance to see highly-anticipated content like Crisis ahead of other UK channels.”

UKTV’s deal with Fox marks the latest such major studio deal for the multi-channel broadcaster and comes shortly after UKTV sealed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution for the UK rights to JJ Abrams’ NBC series Believe. Crisis had long been rumoured for a slot on one of UKTV’s channel, with TVWise reporting shortly after last year’s LA Screenings that they were interested in the series. These deals all come at a time of growth for UKTV who are looking to increase their slate of exclusive content, in the form of both original commissions and high-profile acquisitions such as Crisis and Believe.