E4 Acquires UK Rights To ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Prequel ‘Young Sheldon’

As had been widely expected, E4 has acquired the exclusive UK rights to CBS’ The Big Bang Theory prequel Young Sheldon after striking a deal with international distributor Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.

Young Sheldon is set to premiere on E4 in early 2018. The Channel 4 backed channel, owing the a previous long-running deal with Warner Bros, also hold the rights to the eleventh season of The Big Bang Theory, which is set to premiere later this year.

From Chuck Lorre, Young Sheldon follows 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper growing up in East Texas. Being a once-in-a generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn’t always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve young Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him! The comedy series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and stars Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan as Georgie Jr. Jim Parsons narrates the comedy as Adult Sheldon.

Young Sheldon was one of the titles to emerge from the LA Screenings as a red hot title. E4 was always expected to bid for the show given they have long been the UK home to The Big Bang Theory, but the show also garnered interest from both traditional broadcasters and the streaming services. It becomes the seventh show from the 2017-2018 season to be picked up on the side of the pond, following UK deals for DynastyThe Good DoctorMarvel’s InhumansThe GiftedLaw & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders and The Orville.

At E4, Young Sheldon joins a large slate of first run US scripted acquisitions that includes The Big Bang TheoryThe GoldbergsBlack-ishMarvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.Kevin Can WaitThe 100SupernaturalBrooklyn Nine-NineYoung & HungryTimeless and Angie Tribeca. The channel is also expected to pick up at least one new drama from the 2017-2018 season in the coming weeks/months.

  • James

    I have a few questions-
    Does More 4 have the rights to Outlander Season 2?
    Is Channel 4 going to buy the rights to Roseanne?
    Finally, sorry about sounding like a broken record, is there any truth to the rumours about Fox UK and Channel 5 fighting for the rights to Gotham and that as a result, stopping Channel 5 from broadcasting Season 3 for now?

    Thanks.

    • Hi James,

      Yes, More4 does have the linear rights to Outlander S2, but havent confirmed when they will air it.

      Roseanne was on their radar, but was taking a back seat to Will & Grace (which was also being looked at by Netflix UK and Comedy Central). So I wouldnt expect any movement until W&G has landed somewhere.

      I can’t help you on the final. I’ve heard noting about FOX UK going after the rights. Channel 5 have stated that something is preventing them from airing it but have refused to elaborate.