ABC’s Secrets & Lies has found a UK home.
UKTV has closed a deal with Disney Media Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the drama series for their flagship entertainment channel Watch, TVWise has learned. The show’s 10 episode first season will premiere on Watch this September.
Based on an Australian series, Secrets & Lies tells the story of a family man who finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect. He has no choice but to try to find the real killer as his marriage, his kids, his reputation, and his sanity are all at stake. The drama series is produced by ABC Studios and stars Ryan Phillippe, Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland, Natalie Martinez, Dan Fogler Belle Shouse and Indiana Evans.
Secrets & Lies is the latest exclusive drama acquisition for UKTV’s Watch channel, which is also home to NBC’s Grimm and FX’s The Strain. Both of those series have been strong performers, with Grimm’s fourth season averaging just under 650K viewers, while The Strain averaged just shy of 420K viewers across its first season. As TVWise previously reported, Watch has picked up the rights to the fifth season of Grimm, while the second season of The Strain is set to premiere on August 26th.
“Secrets and Lies is an ambitious series combining crime, deception and the unpicking of numerous characters’ lives”, said Steve North, General Manager of Watch. “It is a gripping show that will enthrall our audience and keep them on the edge of their seats.”
UKTV has been on something of a buying spree of late, with this being the third licensing agreement they’ve closed with one of the Hollywood Studios since the LA Screenings in May. The commercial network previously inked deals with both NBCU and Fox to acquire the last four seasons of Parks & Recreation and 13 episode comedy Last Man On Earth, both of which will debut on Dave this Summer. “Secrets and Lies has dark, multi-layered and challenging storytelling. It perfectly complements the high quality acquisitions we have at UKTV”, said Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Alexandra Finlay.