Jack is back. Sky1 has closed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Fox’s upcoming limited event series 24: Live Another Day. The series, which premieres on May 5th in the US, is set to premiere on Sky1 this May.
Penned by Howard Gordon & David Fury, 24: Live Another Day will be set and shot in London and will once again follow the exploits of heroic agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) as he attempts to thwart an unthinkable terrorist attack that could change the world forever. The limited event series, which Fox said could be followed by additional such entries in the coming years, is being produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Entertainment & Teakwood Lane Productions and stars Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, William Devane, Giles Matthey, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Michael Wincott, Judy Davis and Yvonne Strahovski.
The acquisition of this series – which is being described as a new entry in the 24 franchise – has been expected for some time, with TVWise reporting at the time of the LA Screenings that such a move was likely given Sky’s strong ties to 24. The series was initially aired on BBC Two for its first two seasons, however, when Fox and the BBC couldn’t agree terms for the show’s third season, Sky swooped in an secured a multi-million life-of-series deal. As such, that deal gave them not only repeat rights to the first two seasons, but exclusive first window pay and terrestrial rights to all future seasons of the series.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing 24: Live Another Day to Sky 1 HD”, said Sarah Wright, Sky’s Controller of Acquisitions. “We remain passionate about bringing the best of the US to Sky customers and the return of the iconic 24 is a hugely exciting TV event.”
While Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky 1 HD, added: “I’m delighted that Jack and the team at 24 are returning exclusively to Sky 1 HD. The scale, ambition and fast-paced energy of the series epitomize everything we look for in a drama for the channel. I can’t wait to bring it back to our customers.”
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