UKTV’s Watch Channel Acquires UK Rights To ABC’s ‘Resurrection’

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UKTV has sealed a deal with Disney Media Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to ABC’s drama series Resurrection for their flagship entertainment channel Watch.

Resurrection tells the story of Jacob, a young boy who wakes up in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province and with the help of an ICE agent returns to his home tom of Arcadia, where he supposedly died some 30 years earlier. The series stars Omar Epps, Frances Fisher, Matt Craven, Devin Kelley, Mark Hildreth, Samaire Armstrong, Sam Hazeldine, Landon Gimenez and Kurtwood Smith.

The drama is based on a novel by Jason Mott and, contrary to popular belief, is not a US adaptation of the French series The Returned (Les Revenants), which was acquired for UK broadcast by Channel 4. A US adaptation of Les Revenants is currently being produced for basic cable network A&E.

Resurrection is produced by ABC Studios and Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B. The series, which will air on Watch this August, recently wrapped its 8 episode first season on ABC and has been picked up for a second season which premieres state-side this Fall.

For UKTV, this marks their first significant scripted buy since they closed a deal with Fox for Crisis, which was cancelled by NBC back in May. It also marks the fourth deal concluded by a UK broadcaster post-LA Screenings following on from Amazon UK’s deal for Extant, which premieres this Thursday; E4’s deal for the BBC America comedy Almost Royal, and 5USA’s deal for Chicago PD.

“The plot for Resurrection is full of intrigue and unexpected twists”, said Steve North, General Manager of Watch. “The series makes for compelling viewing throwing the viewer into a world of the unimaginable, as those who were thought dead come back to life 30 years after they have been buried.”

While Dayna Donaldson, Executive Director of Disney Media Distribution, UK and Ireland, added: “As the story unfolds, Resurrection’s constant twists and turns are set to keep Watch viewers on the edge of their seats. It is jam-packed full of ABC Studios’ irresistible drama and emotion, and we’re sure that viewers in the UK will be gripped.”