FOX UK Acquires Linear Rights To DC Drama ‘Lucifer’

Lucifer has found a second UK home. FOX UK has secured the linear broadcast rights to the DC Comics show starring Tom Ellis after striking a deal with international distributor Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.

FOX UK will start airing the first season of Lucifer from Thursday August 31st at 9pm. This new deal between FOX UK and WBITD has no impact on Amazon Prime Video UK, who still hold first window rights to Lucifer and will be airing the show’s third season from Tuesday October 3rd.

Lucifer follows the eponymous character who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals. The hour-long drama is produced by Warner Bros. Television and stars Tom Ellis, DB Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt and Lauren German. The executive producers are Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Ildy Modrovich, Joe Henderson and Len Wiseman.

FOX UK has been on a tear this year. The FNG backed channel has upped their game in the acquisitions space and has managed to land a number of high profile shows including the short-lived 24: LegacyShots Fired and the Prison Break revival; shows that were being sought after by more high profile buyers including Sky and Channel 5. The channel is also home to such exclusive acquisitions as NCISThe Walking DeadBull and Legion.

“Lucifer is ridiculously entertaining; part supernatural drama, part police procedural, part dark comedy; the series takes everything we think we know about the world’s greatest villain and flips it upside down”, said Toby Etheridge, Head of Programming for Fox Networks Group UK. “British actor Tom Ellis is having the time of his life playing the Lord of Hell, and so will our viewers with the television premiere of Lucifer on FOX.”

  • Popeye13

    Safe to say that FOX UK is a channel to take more than seriously now what with its ambitions and recent buys ect.
    Id say it was ahead of Sky1 now

    • Absolutely, they have made some impressive moves this year. Looking forward to having a chat with their execs in the not too distant future about their current trajectory. With Netflix UK also making bold moves with acquisitions Sky1 must be feeling under some pressure in this space they once dominated.

      • Popeye13

        That (if possible) is an interview id love to read because they’re really doing a bang-up job of putting themselves not just out there but as serious contenders for big series and they’re now leapfrogging what was the ‘usual’ players in the market.
        FOX is very much a channel that does offer you quite alot. And i say more power to them.

  • James

    Do you know who has the rights to Gotham season 3 and 4?

    Are the rumours true that Fox UK is trying to get the rights?

    • I cant speak to FOX UK on that one, but Netflix UK has SVOD rights and will be making S3 available next month.

    • James

      Why did Channel 5 not air season 3 and do they still have the rights to Season 4?

      • Channel 5 are not answering questions on this, but my understanding is that they do not.