FOX UK has acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to six-part miniseries Someone Knows My Name, starring Aunjanue Ellis (The Mentalist), after striking a deal with Entertainment One (eOne), TVWise has learned. The miniseries is set to premiere on FOX UK on Sunday July 17th at 9pm.
Someone Knows My Name follows Aminata Diallo (Ellis), an indomitable African woman who cuts a swath through a world that is pre-disposed to underestimate her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century.
The mini-series, which aired on BET in the United States and CBC in Canada in 2015 under the title The Book Of Negroes, is based on the novel of the same name by Lawrence Hill and is produced by Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment, Entertainment One and Idelwild Films. In addition to Ellis, the cast also includes Cuba Gooding Jr. (American Crime Story), Louis Gossett Jr. (Boardwalk Empire), Lyriq Bent (Rookie Blue), Jane Alexander (The Cider House Rules), Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line) and Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle).
Someone Knows My Name is the latest exclusive drama buy for FOX UK. It joins a slate of first run dramas at the channel that also includes NCIS, Murder In The First, Jack Irish, The Walking Dead, Tyrant, Wayward Pines and Outcast. The channel also recently announced a deal which gives them exclusive first window rights to the new Marvel series Legion, produced for the US FX network, which is set to premiere in 2017.