Channel 5 Acquires UK Rights To Fox’s Batman Prequel ‘Gotham’

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Channel 5 has closed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel Gotham, TVWise has learned.

Gotham is based on based on the DC Comics characters and examines the early years of James Gordon in his years as a GCPD homicide detective, as well as the early years of Batman and the iconic villains of Gotham City. Produced by Warner Bros Television, the drama hails from The Mentalist showrunner Bruno Heller, who is serving as showrunner.

The series features a large cast which includes Ben McKenzie (Southland), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy), Sean Pertwee (Jo), Robin Lord Taylor (The Walking Dead), Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice), Erin Richards (Being Human), Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice), Jada Pinkett Smith (Hawthorne), David Mazouz (Touch) and Camren Bicondova.

“I don’t think there was a more exciting show at the LA screenings this year – Gotham is a thrilling drama built on iconic characters that fascinate”, said Katie Keenan, Channel 5’s Head of Acquisitions. “Channel 5 is delighted to become the home of such a powerful, bold and visually stunning show. Its acquisition proves we continue to be committed to the biggest in US drama.”

Gotham is one of the hottest drama series from the upcoming Fall season and becomes the first series that a UK broadcaster has acquired out of the LA Screenings. It is understood that Channel 5 is paying a premium for the show, which they acquired after beating off serious competition from both Channel 4 and Sky. For its part, Gotham is the latest US drama import for Channel 5, joining the likes of CSI, Dallas and Person of Interest.