5Spike (formerly known simply as Spike) has picked up the UK rights to History’s SEAL Team drama series Six after striking a deal with international distributor A+E Networks. The eight episode first season is set to premiere on the channel in early 2018.
Six follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists. Inspired by real missions, the series captures the inside world of America’s elite Special Operations unit – what these SEALs do, their personal lives, combat and the life-and-death decisions they make to protect and serve their country.
In season one, former SEAL Team Six troop leader Richard ‘Rip’ Taggart is captured by Boko Haram and it’s up to his former SEAL Team Six brothers to put their differences aside to locate and rescue their former troop leader. The drama series, which has already been picked up for an extended ten episode second season, was created by William Broyles and David Broyles, a military special operations veteran. It is produced by by A+E Studios and stars Walton Goggins, Barry Sloane, Kyle Schmid, Juan Pablo Raba, Edwin Hodge, Dominic Adams, Brianne Davis, Nadine Velazquez, Jaylen Moore, Donny Boaz and Nondumiso Tembe.
With this deal between A+E Networks and the Viacom owned 5Spike, every single one of History’s existing scripted drama series now have a UK home. Their first foray into returning drama, Vikings, initially airs in the UK on Amazon Prime Video, before getting a repeat run on History UK twelve months later; while the just launched Knights Templar drama Knightfall was recently acquired by History UK. The U.S. History network has two more scripted dramas in development: UFO series Blue Book and The Breach: Inside The Impeachment Of Bill Clinton.