EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime UK has closed a deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to NBC’s “limited event series” The Slap, TVWise has learned exclusively. The eight episode series will premiere on Lifetime UK in 2016.
Based on the book and the Australian series of the same name, The Slap is described as a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. This seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets, and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it.
The Slap was one of the many projects to emerge from the recent move towards event and limited run programming in the United States. NBC’s version was adapted for the U.S. market by Jon Robin Baitz and produced by Matchbox Pictures and Universal Television. The cast includes Peter Sarsgaard (An Education), Thandie Newton (Crash), Uma Thurman (Kill Bill), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Melissa George (In Treatment), Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom) and Brian Cox (Bob Servant Independent).
Lifetime UK’s acquisition of The Slap emanates from a multi-series deal between A+E Networks UK and NBCUniversal International Television Distribution which also saw the female-skewing channel acquire Bravo’s first original drama series Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce. That series, from Buffy The Vampire Slayer scribe Marti Noxon and starring House alum Lisa Edelstein, will premiere on Lifetime UK on Tuesday September 15th at 9pm.
Both Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce and The Slap join a line-up of first run drama series on Lifetime UK that also includes the Hulu original series Blue, starring Julia Stiles and Uriah Shelton; and UnREAL, Marti Noxon’s drama series for the US Lifetime network set behind the scenes of a popular dating show. The channel also airs a wealth of original TV movies out of their output deal with A&E Networks.