Channel 5 Acquires UK Rights To Syfy’s ‘Helix’

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Ronald D. Moore’s latest drama series for Syfy has found a UK home.

Channel 5 has closed a deal with international distributor Sony Pictures Television to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Helix. The series, which premieres on Syfy in the United States on January 10th, is expected to premiere on Channel 5 in late-January.

Created by Cameron Porsandeh and executive produced by Ronald D. Moore, Helix follows a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel. The drama series is being produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television and stars Billy Campbell (The Killing), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), Kyra Zagorsky (Soldiers of the Apocalypse), Mark Ghanimé, Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street), Meegwun Fairbrother, Catherine Lemieux (White House Down) and Neil Napier (Riddick).

Channel 5’s deal for Helix comes shortly after the company passed on acquiring any further seasons of ABC’s fantasy series Once Upon A Time. The broadcaster, which was also previously home to another Syfy series Alphas, has also recently inked deals to pick up the exclusive UK rights to ABC’s Betrayal and Canadian drama series Played as well as the free-to-air rights to A&E’s Longmire, which will air on 5USA; and TNT’s Falling Skies, which will air on 5*.

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