All 4 Inks Deal For UK Rights To TBS Comedy Series ‘Search Party’ As VOD Service Starts Exclusives Push

search-partySearch Party is crossing the Atlantic.

Channel 4’s free video-on-demand service All 4 has secured the exclusive UK rights to the TBS comedy series after striking a deal with Turner Broadcasting, TVWise has learned. The show’s ten episode first season will be made available as a box-set on All 4 on Boxing Day (Monday December 26th).

“Being young has always been about finding yourself. And for Dory, it seems the best way to do that is to find someone else”, said Charlie Palmer, Managing Editor for All 4. “Coming at a time of much soul-searching, Search Party feels both timeless and pertinent, and we’re delighted to be welcoming it into the All 4 family.”

Search Party centers on Dory, who, after learning that a girl she barely knew in college, has gone missing, becomes fixated on the mystery. Dory, her boyfriend and closest friends are not crime solvers, so when Dory drags them into a bumbling, perilous pursuit to find the missing girl, they soon learn the meaning of real danger and become entangled in a sinister plot that is more than their privileged Brooklyn lifestyles ever bargained for. The comedy series stars Alia Shawkat, John Early, John Reynolds, Meredith Hagner and Brandon Michael Hall.

This marks the first time that All 4 has struck out and secured exclusive rights to a scripted series, rather than offering a catch-up service for such shows which are aired on C4’s network of channels (Channel 4, E4 and More4). It comes out of a recently-announced push to increase investment in exclusive programming (both originals and acquisitions) for All 4 and make it a destination channel for “discerning British viewers”.

“Search Party is an enthralling, cutting edge dark comedy mystery that grants a fascinating insight into the lives of self-indulgent twentysomething Brooklynites as they embark on a journey of self-discovery”, added Humphrey Black, Vice President of Media Distribution for Turner EMEA. “We are incredibly proud of this show and excited to be partnering with All 4 to bring it to UK audiences. Search Party has found a perfectly positioned home on All 4, and by making the show available as an VOD box set, viewers can watch it how and when they want.”