UKTV’s Alibi channel has acquired the UK rights to New Zealand drama series The Bad Seed, which is based on the books by bestselling author Charlotte Grimshaw. The deal was struck with international distributor All3Media International. The five-part series will premiere on Alibi in May.
The acquisition of The Bad Seed is part of a two-series deal with All3Media that, as TVWise previously reported, also gives Alibi the UK rights to Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries spin-off Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries. The deal was brokered by UKTV’s Acquisitions Manager Charlie Charalambous. “The Bad Seed is a dark and gripping murder mystery that explores family tensions, politics and the secrets people hide”, said Alibi’s Channel Director Emma Ayech. “This series is the first to show a darker side to Alibi that will thrill crime drama fans.”
The Bad Seed tells the story of Ford and Simon Lampton , two brothers from a family with a dark history. Simon has escaped his past to become a successful obstetrician, living in the best part of town with the seemingly perfect family. Older brother Ford, once estranged and still rough around the edges, is staying in the spare room and appears to be the only disruption to Simon’s controlled life. But when Simon’s neighbour is murdered, the investigation draws the household into a hurricane of scandal. The five part drama, which was penned by Sarah-Kate Lynch and Joss King, is produced by South Pacific Pictures and stars Dean O’Gorman (Westside) and Matt Minto (Infini). The executive producers are Kelly Martin and Chris Bailey.