Channel 5 Acquires UK Rights To ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ Reboot

ABC’s Dirty Dancing reboot is coming to the UK. Channel 5 has secured the exclusive UK broadcast rights to the three-hour TV movie/special after agreeing a deal with international distributor Lionsgate Television, TVWise has learned.

Described as a “fresh perspective” on the 1987 film, Dirty Dancing tells the story of Frances “Baby” Houseman, who, while spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle. Viewers will discover what happens to Baby and Johnny after that summer and more about the supporting characters from the original film.

Modernized, updated versions of songs from the original film, such as “Time of My Life,” “Love Man,” “Do You Love Me,” “Hungry Eyes,” “She’s Like the Wind,” teamed with well-known songs that are new to “Dirty Dancing,” such as “Fever” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” are weaved into the storytelling.

Dirty Dancing is produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Allison Shearmur Productions and stars Abigail Breslin, Debra Messing, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Colt Prattes, Sarah Hyland, Tony Roberts, Trevor Einhorn, Shane Harper, J. Quinton Johnson, Beau “Casper” Smart, Katey Sagal and Billy Dee Williams. Allison Shearmur and Adam Anders serve as executive producers. The teleplay was penned by Jessica Sharzer. Wayne Blair directed, and two-time Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler choreographed this new version of the film.

This marks the second longform acquisition for Channel 5 in the past couple of weeks. The Viacom backed broadcaster also recently struck a deal with Muse Distribution International for UK rights to The Kennedys: After Camelot, a sequel to Reelz’s 2011 miniseries The KennedysAfter Camelot is set to air on the channel on Monday May 29th, under the slightly different title The Kennedys: Decline And Fall. A premiere date for Dirty Dancing has not yet been set, but it is expected to air in early June.

  • Victor Ancel Field

    Surprised it wasn’t ITV2/3.

  • Carl Waring

    As long as they don’t sit on it for a year like they have with their other US shows 🙁