Fresh off of last night’s premiere on ITV, Manhunt is travelling internationally. International distributor DRG has concluded a raft of sales for the three-part Martin Clunes fronted drama with a number of international broadcasters.
DRG has licensed Manhunt to France 3 in France, Network Seven in Australia, TVNZ in New Zealand, NRK in Norway, YLE in Finland, NPO in The Netherlands, VRT in Belgium, CANAL+ in Poland and Stöð 2 in Iceland. All of these deals come after Acorn TV boarded the series back in November.
Manhunt explores how the murder of French National, Amelie Delagrange, on Twickenham Green in August 2004 was eventually linked to the murders of Marsha McDonnell in 2003 and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler in 2002. Walking home following a night out with friends, 22 years old Amelie was savagely attacked and struck several times on the back of the head with a hammer. Hard working and instinctive, DCI Sutton was assigned to the case and dedicated himself to finding Amelie’s killer.
With very little evidence, his painstaking approach and the diligence of his fellow officers gradually led to breakthroughs in the case and to suspected serial killer Levi Bellfield. The three-part drama, which was penned by Silent Witness and Strike Back scribe Ed Whitmore, is produced by Buffalo Pictures and stars Martin Clunes as Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton. Safe House helmer Marc Evans is the director. Philippa Braithwaite is the executive producer.
“Manhunt is primetime British drama at its best. Ed Whitmore has written an incredible script, sensitively covering a difficult and contentious case, while Martin Clunes gives a standout performance, reminding us just why he remains one of Britain’s favourite actors with audiences around the world”, said Elin Thomas, DRG’s Executive Vice-President of Sales. “We are naturally very pleased that Manhunt has attracted significant interest early on and are confident that following its broadcast this weekend, with its anticipated excellent reviews and ratings, more deals will swiftly follow.”