The Five is heading to Canada. StudioCanal has sold the ten-episode Sky1 drama, from noted author Harlan Coben, to Radio-Canada, the French language broadcasting service operated by Canadian public broadcaster CBC, TVWise has learned.
Devised by Coben, The Five follows a group of friends who are haunted by the disappearance of one of their younger brothers some years earlier, while he was in their care, the group is forced to revisit the past when the missing boy’s DNA turns up at the scene of a murder. The series is produced by Red Production Company and stars Tom Cullen, O-T Fagbenle, Lee Ingleby and Sarah Solemani.
“It is with great pleasure that we will invite our audience to discover the first TV series stemming directly from the imagination of renowned thriller master Harlan Coben”, said Dominique Chaloult, General Manager of Radio-Canada’s French Television. “Captivating from the start, The Five is representative of the top notch international productions that Radio-Canada is proud to broadcast.”
StudioCanal, who own Red Production Company, has been lining up a slew of international licensing deals for The Five. Beyond this Canadian deal, the series has also been sold to Canal+ in France, Yes DBS in Israel, NPO in the Netherlands, Sky in New Zealand, SBS1 in Australia and Telefonica in Spain. The company will also be shopping Coben’s next Sky drama The Four – which, despite being similarly titled to The Five, is not a sequel – to international broadcasters.
“The Five is a world class thriller that has the appeal and multi-layered plotlines that captivate viewers from the very start – just like one of Harlan Coben’s best-selling novels”, added Katrina Neylon, StudioCanal’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We have successfully sold The Five to broadcasters throughout the world and I am certain that Canadian audiences will also be seduced by this remarkable series”.