BBC Four Acquires USA Network’s ‘The Sinner’

The BBC is continuing to stock up on U.S. scripted content. BBC Four has acquired the free-to-air rights to USA Network’s Jessica Biel fronted drama series The Sinner after striking a deal with international distributor NBCUniversal International Distribution. The show’s first season will premiere on BBC Four on Saturday December 1st at 9pm.

Based on the novel by Petra Hammesfahr, The Sinner, tells the story a young mother who, overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling and very public act of violence – and to her horror has no idea why. Detective Harry Ambrose finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive. The drama series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and stars Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman, Chris Abbott, Abby Miller and Dohn Norwood.

The acquisition comes mere weeks after the BBC inked a major output deal with FX Networks that will see the Beeb become the exclusive UK home to all future FX original series. Some of the existing shows covered by the deal include Sons of Anarchy spin-off Mayans M.C. and Ryan Murphy’s Pose. As TVWise previously reported, FX originals that already have UK broadcasters won’t be moving to the BBC as a result of the agreement.

This marks the second UK deal for The Sinner. Under their so called “co-licensing” model, Netflix holds global rights to the series and recently launched the show’s second season in the UK. They retain first window rights to The Sinner. USA Network has yet to make a decision on the future of The Sinner.

Check out USA Network’s original trailer for The Sinner below: