E4 Acquires UK Rights To BBC America’s ‘Almost Royal’

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E4 has sealed a deal with BBC Worldwide to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to BBC America’s comedy series Almost Royal.

Almost Royal follows Georgie and Poppy Carlton, heirs to Caunty Manor, a large country estate in Norfolk, England, where they have enjoyed privileged lives as distant descendants of the British Royal Family. They have agreed to have a camera crew follow them on an unofficial royal tour of the greatest country on earth – the United States of America.

The seven episode series is the first original comedy for BBC America and marks the latest evolution in the network’s programming strategy since they recently moved into scripted originals with such dramas as Copper, Orphan Black and the upcoming Intruders. Almost Royal is produced by Burning Bright Productions and stars Ed Gamble & Amy Hoggart. The series producer is Seamus Murphy-Mitchell, while Clive Tulloh is the executive producer.

E4’s deal for Almost Royal comes mere weeks after the series debuted on BBC America in the United States, where the comedy has been met with generally war reviews. The series has also performed well with audiences – pulling in strong audiences for BBC America. This also marks the second deal that a UK broadcaster has closed since the LA Screenings, following Amazon UK’s deal with CBSSI for Extant.