ZDF Enterprises and Content Television have acquired the international distribution rights to BBC Two’s upcoming drama series The Fall. ZDF Enterprises will distribute the drama series in continental Europe, while Content Television will handle distribution in all other territories (excluding the UK). The series will be shopped to international buyers at MIPCOM 2012, which begins on October 8th in Cannes, France.
The Fall was created by Alan Cubitt and revolves around a PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) investigation in Belfast into a string of Murders. After the PSNI are unable to make any progress on the case(s), Detective Superintendent Gibson, who is on secondment from London’s Metropolitan Police Service, arrives at the Belfast police station to review the murder investigation and close the case. The drama series is being produced by Artists Studio and stars Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson and Jamie Dornan as Paul Spector, a serial killer who is terrorising the city of Belfast. Also starring in the series is Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Bronagh Waugh (Hollyoaks), Niamh McGrady (Upstairs Downstairs), Gerard McCarthy (Hollyoaks), Emmett Scanlan (Hollyoaks), Karen Hassan (Hollyoaks), John Lynch (The Jury), Simon Delaney (Roy) and Séainín Brennan (Hidden).
Speaking of acquiring distribution rights for The Fall, Alexander Coridass, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises said: “We are delighted to secure The Fall for launch to our international buyers. The Fall is an outstanding piece of crime drama — something that has not been made before. We are known for presenting state-of-the-art crime productions like The Killing andThe Bridge. The Fall clearly belongs in this category. Gillian Anderson leads an incredibly strong cast in a complex and suspenseful drama that delivers compelling viewing for global audiences and perfect flagship drama for international primetime schedules.”
While Greg Phillips, President of Content Television and Digital, added: “We are very pleased to work with ZDF Enterprises on the distribution of this new BBC Two primetime drama, following hot on the heels of our ratings-winning series Line of Duty. The Fall offers all the elements of a classic murder thriller with a strong character driven element that will draw in the viewer as the investigation intensifies. The distinctive story, combined with a fantastic line-up of talent, promises a stand-out series with huge international potential.”