Channel 5 has closed a deal to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to A&E’s two part mini-series Coma. The acquisiton comes after the broadcaster acquired A&E’s other mini-series Stephen King’s Bag of Bones last year, and follows on from recent deals to acquire History’s mini-series The Bible and Irish drama series Love/Hate. Coma is tentatively scheduled to premiere on Channel 5 in May.
Coma, a modern day retelling of the bestselling novel by Robin Cook and based on the film by Michael Crichton, is about a young doctor who discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table. Starring in the four hour mini-series is Steven Pasquale, Geena Davis, James Woods, Ellen Burstyn and Richard Dreyfuss. Coma also stars James Rebhorn, Joe Morton, Michael Weston and Joseph Mazello. The two part mini-series is produced by Sony Pictures Television, with Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David W. Zucker, Martin Erlichman and Mikael Salomon serving as exeuctive producers. Emmy Award winner Mikael Salomon directed the skein, which was written by John J. McLaughlin.
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