Universal TV Acquires UK Rights To CBC’s M.R. Hall Adaptation ‘Coroner’

Coroner is crossing the pond. NBCU’s flagship UK channel Universal TV has acquired the UK rights to the eight episode M.R. Hall adaptation which is being produced for Canadian public broadcaster CBC. The series, toplined by Serinda Swan (Ballers), is expected to premiere in 2019.

Coroner follows Jenny Cooper (Swan), a newly appointed coroner investigating suspicious deaths in Toronto. Jenny is a brave and determined yet vulnerable coroner driven by an intense desire for the truth. A former ER doctor and a recently widowed mother of a teenage son, her husband’s death has unlocked a primal connection to death, tied to a secret in her past that is only now coming to the surface.

The drama series, which is inspired by the bestselling series of books of M.R. Hall, is produced by Muse Entertainment, Back Alley Films and Cineflix Studios and stars Serinda Swan, Roger Cross, Eric Bruneau, Ehren Kassam, Tamara Podemski, Alli Chung, Lovell Adams-Gray and Saad Siddiqui.

The acquisition emanates from a larger deal between Universal TV parent NBCUniversal International Networks and international distributor Cineflix Rights which gives NBCU rights to the series around the world. It will roll out on the company’s channels in Europe, Australia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America in 2019.

“Coroner’s blend of complex character-driven crime content and compelling storytelling makes it an optimal fit for our international channel brands”, said Steve Patscheck, Executive Vice-President of Global Programming for NBCUniversal International Networks. “We’re thrilled to be bringing this unique series to our channels, across five continents, in 2019.”

Coroner joins fellow Canadian originals Burden Of Truth, Ransom and Private Eyes on Universal TV’s schedule. This also marks the second major acquisition for NBCU’s flagship UK channel in the past week after the previously agreed a deal with MGM Worldwide Television Distribution for UK rights to spy thriller Condor.