International distributor DRG has lined up a slew of international sales for a range of comedy titles including Detectorists, Peep Show, Plebs and Tracey Ullman’s Show.
Czech TV has acquired all nine seasons of Peep Show for a primetime comedy slot on ČT1. YLE in Finland has picked up all three seasons of Detectvorists, while BBC First in the Middle East and North Africa has licensed the first two seasons of the BBC Four comedy.
After having aired both of the previous seasons, HBO in the United States has acquired the third season of Tracey Ullman’s Show, with plans to launch it later this month. The BBC One series has also been sold to HBO Europe and ITV Choice in Asia.
Elsewhere, DRG has sold Teachers – starring starring Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) – to Knowledge Networks in Canada; VRT in Belgium has picked up both seasons of Green Wing; ITV’s Plebs has been sold to Comedy Central in New Zealand and ABC in Australia; and Sky in New Zealand has acquired all three seasons of Father Ted.
“For decades, British comedies have been making their mark on the world stage and DRG is proud to be placing some of the best modern classics, such as Detectorists and Peep Show with broadcasters today”, said Scott Kirkpatrick, DRG’s Senior Vice-President of Sales for North and South America. “We also have a number of SVOD deals for these and similar titles in the pipeline and are pleased that these platforms are seeing the value in offering full box sets of our great British classics to their subscribers, allowing for the marathon viewing experiences that these addictive programmes create.”