Lifetime Picks Up UK Rights To ‘Abducted: The Carlina White Story’ & ‘Flowers In The Attic’

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Lifetime UK is adding another two TV movies, which were originally commissioned by the US Lifetime network, to their schedule.

I’ve learned that Lifetime UK has picked up the UK broadcast rights to TV movies Abducted: The Carlina White Story and Flowers In The Attic. Both will air as part of Lifetime UK’s Thursday night “Drama Specials” strand, with Abducted : The Carlina White Story set to premiere on Thursday March 13th at 9pm, while Flowers In The Attic will premiere on Thursday April 17th at 9pm.

Abducted: The Carlina White Story tells the story of Carlina White who, in 1987, when she was only 19 days old, was abducted by Ann Pettway. Carlina’s parents spent more than two-decades searching for their missing daughter, who was being raised by Pettway some 45 miles away. As Carlina grew older she began to suspect Pettway was not her birth mother and launched her own investigation. The movie stars Roger Cross (24), Aunjanue Ellis (The Mentalist), Keke Palmer (VP) and Sherri Shepherd (The View).

Flowers In The Attic tells the gothic tale of four siblings who are locked away to live in an attic after a family tragedy suddenly removes them from their perfect childhood. The movie is based on the novel by V.C. Andrews and stars Heather Graham (Drugstore Cowboy), Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals), Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Mason Dye (Secret Diary of an American Cheerleader) and Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black).

The pick up of these TV movies are the latest in a long-line of scripted buys for the fledgling Lifetime UK. The female-skewing channel has had a fair amount of success with scripted efforts, with acquisitions Bonnie & Clyde and Witches of East End both pulling in strong ratings. It also comes as competition in the female market is about to increase with the upcoming launch of ITVBe and as the US Lifetime network is beginning pre-production on a Flowers In The Attic sequel.