More4 is turning to Australia for their next drama acquisition.
The digi-net has sealed a deal with All3Media International to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Australian drama series ANZAC Girls, TVWise has learned.
ANZAC Girls is set in 1915 and tells the true stories of five Australian and New Zealand army nurses and follows follow the struggles of the fledgling nurses as they are drafted to the Middle East as part of a secret military campaign. Their lives, loves and losses will be recreated as the audience experiences the reality of life in the war fields of Gallipoli and the Western Front in Europe.
Based on the book ‘The Other ANZACS’ by Peter Rees, the six episode drama series, which was originally commissioned by ABC in Australia, is produced by the Banijay owned production company Screentime and is expected to air on More4 in 2015. The cast includes Georgia Flood, Anna McGahan, Caroline Craig, Antonia Prebble and Laura Brent.
“I’m delighted that More 4 has acquired Screentime’s ANZAC Girls”, said Louise Pedersen, Managing Director of All3Media International. “It’s a work of exceptional quality and sensitivity, which launched to tremendous critical acclaim and high audience viewing figures on its debut with Australia’s ABC. We hope that that More 4’s audience are as charmed and moved by the show as we are”.
The UK deal is the latest that ALL3 has sealed for Anzac Girls. The company has also sold the WW1 drama to RLJ Entertainment’s digital channel Acorn TV in the United States, GNT in Brazil and Danish broadcaster TV2.
Australian drama has been growing in popularity on the international market in recent years, especially with UK buyers. BBC Four is preparing to launch The Code later this month; while Channel 5, BBC One, Netflix and UKTV’s Alibi channel are home to such Australian dramas as Wentworth, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Rake and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries respectively.