E4 has nabbed the UK rights to Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham in a deal with international distributor Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. E4’s multi-season deal starts with the fourth season of the series, which is set to premiere next month.
This agreement comes after months of uncertainty with regards to Gotham’s fate here in the UK. Channel 5 initially acquired UK rights to the series in 2014, with Netflix UK taking SVOD rights. After airing the first two seasons, Gotham disappeared from Channel 5’s schedule and season three still has not aired on linear television on this side of the pond (Netflix UK has since made it available to stream).
TVWise understands that while a broadcast will not be forthcoming, Channel 5 retains UK rights to season three. It is not immediately clear why they have been, to quote a source, “unable rather than unwilling” to air the show’s third season. Netflix UK’s position is not impacted by this new agreement and the streaming service will make the fourth season of Gotham available to stream following its linear broadcast window.
Created by Bruno Heller, Gotham examines the early years of James Gordon – who would eventually rise to become the Police Commissioner – in his years as a Gotham City Police Department homicide detective, as well as the early years of Batman and the iconic villains of Gotham City. The drama series is produced by Warner Bros Television and stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Morena Baccarin, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Jessica Lucas, Chris Chalk, Drew Powell, Alexander Siddig and Crystal Reed.
The show’s fourth season will witness the emergence of the criminal landscape for which Gotham City is best known, with Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) at the forefront of the fight against the most depraved and unhinged villains. As the citizens of Gotham City fight for normalcy, a new hero begins to rise. Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), after completing his training with Temple Shaman (guest star Raymond J. Barry) and Ra’s Ah Ghul (Alexander Siddig), has decided that he is responsible for the city’s well-being. With the help of his ever-faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee) and quiet support of Lucius Fox (Chris Chalk), he will step into this role, all while building up his public persona of carefree socialite to avoid any suspicion among Gotham’s citizens.