National Geographic UK has acquired the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Genius, the very first scripted series to be produced for the U.S. National Geographic network, TVWise has confirmed.
Genius is a scripted anthology series that dramatize the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators. Season one charts how Albert Einstein, an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk who struggled to land an academic post in his early years, went on to become the greatest scientific mind of the 20th century, all while juggling volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships.
The drama series is produced by Imagine Entertainment and stars Geoffrey Rush, Claire Rushbrook, Emily Watson, Johnny Flynn, Michael McElhatton, Richard Topol, Robert Lindsay. Samantha Colley, Seth Gabel, Shannon Tarbet, T.R. Knight and Vincent Kartheiser as Raymond Geist. The first season is based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed book “Einstein: His Life and Universe.” The executive producers are Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Francie Calfo, Ken Biller, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane, Sam Sokolow and Jeff Cooney.
National Geographic has a track record of airing premium content from their U.S. namesake here in the UK. The channel has aired every single one of the network’s scripted efforts, beginning with Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln, through to thematic sequels Killing Kennedy and most recently Killing Reagan – the later of which aired on National Geographic UK just last month. While a UK premiere date has not yet been set for Genius, it is expected to air close behind the U.S. premiere, which is set for April 25th.