BBC Three Acquires Australian Olympics Swimming Drama ‘Barracuda’

barracudaBBC Three has acquired the UK broadcast rights to four-part Australian drama series Barracuda after striking a deal with international distributor NBCUniversal International Distribution, TVWise has learned.

The licensing agreement with NBCU for the series was brokered for the BBC by Head of Acquisitions Sue Deeks. “Barracuda is a compelling, complex and emotional drama – beautifully filmed and performed”, she said in a statement.

Barracuda is set in Melbourne in 1996 when the golden age of Australian swimming is beginning and a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school brings the talented 16-year-old Danny Kelly one step closer to his ultimate goal of winning Olympic Gold. When Danny gets his shot at victory, with all of Australia watching – can the ‘Barracuda’ live up to everyone’s expectations and realise his dream?

The four-part drama, which aired on Australian public broadcaster ABC earlier this year, is based on the book by award-winning novelist Christos Tsiolkas and is produced by the NBCUniversal International Studios’ label Matchbox Pictures. The cast includes Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under), Matt Nable (Underbelly: Badness) and introduces Elias Anton as Danny Kelly. Blake Ayshford and Belinda Chayko penned the scripts, while Robert Connolly directed.

This marks the second major scripted acquisition for the BBC in the past few weeks. Earlier this month, BBC Four inked a deal with A+E Networks, also brokered by the BBC’s Head of Acquisitions Sue Deeks, to acquire the rebooted Roots miniseries, starring British actor Malachi Kirby, which aired across A+E’s flagship networks in the United States earlier this year. BBC Two also continue to hold first window rights to FX’s true-crime anthology drama series American Crime Story, which was recently renewed for a third season,