Sky Atlantic Acquires UK Rights To Showtime’s ‘The Affair’, Eyes May Premiere

The Affair is coming to the UK.

Sky Atlantic has acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the Golden Globe winning Showtime drama starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson after agreeing a deal with international distributor CBS Studios International. Sky Atlantic’s deal for the show is understood to cover both the 10 episode first season and the recently ordered second season. The series is set to premiere this May.

The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship. Noah is a New York City schoolteacher and novelist who is happily married, but resents his dependence on his wealthy father-in-law. Alison is a young waitress trying to piece her life and marriage back together in the wake of a tragedy. The provocative drama unfolds when Alison and Noah meet in Montauk at the end of Long Island.

The drama series was created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi and, in addition to Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther), also stars Maura Tierney (ER) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe). It has already secured two Golden Globe wins, one for best drama series and another for Ruth Wilson in the best actress in a drama series category.

“I’m delighted we have secured The Affair for Sky Atlantic”, said Zai Bennett, Director of Sky Atlantic. “It’s intricate storytelling and phenomenal acting sit perfectly on the channel, further cementing our channel’s position as the home of quality drama in the UK.”

For its part, The Affair is the latest US import for Sky Atlantic, who are already home to such series as Mad Men, Blue Bloods and fellow Showtime series Ray Donovan. Through their output deal with HBO they also have the exclusive rights to the likes of Game Of Thrones, Veep, Silicon Valley and Looking.