ABC, DR take No Offence

Broadcasters in Australia and Denmark have picked up new Channel 4 crime drama No Offence.

No Offence

No Offence

ABC down under and Denmark’s DR have both acquired the police procedural, following deals with distributor FremantleMedia International.

Described as “crime on steroids” by the FMI’s CEO Jens Richter, No Offence sees a crack team of no nonsense coppers clamp down on crime in an attempt to keep the streets clean.

Created by Paul Abbott, it is produced by AbbottVision. The cast includes Joanna Scanlon, Elaine Cassidy, Alexandra Roach, Will Mellor, Paul Ritter, and Colin Salmon.

It debuts on Channel 4 on May 5.

First look: William Hurt in Humans

Here’s William Hurt appearing in the forthcoming drama Humans.

Humans

Humans

He plays Dr George Millican, a widower who has formed a close relationship with his out-of-date synth Odi, who he treats more like a son than a piece of machinery.

The series is set in a parallel present, where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart.

The story follows one strained suburban family as it purchases a refurbished synth, only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences.

Hurt leads a cast that also includes Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Colin Morgan, Rebecca Front, Neil Maskell, and Gemma Chan.

The 8×60’ series is made by Kudos Film and Television, in association with Matador Films, which produced the series upon which it is based, Äkta människor (aka Real Humans), for SVT in Sweden.

Humans will air on Channel 4 in the UK and US cable channel AMC in 2015.

Channel 4’s The Vote selects cast

Channel 4 has unveiled an all-star cast for a single drama that is described as an unprecedented national television event.

The Vote dramatises the final 90 minutes before the polls close in the forthcoming UK General Election on May 7.

The Vote

The Vote

On that day, between 8.30pm and 10pm – the exact time the drama is set – the story will be played out on the stage of the Donmar theatre, and simultaneously broadcast on More4.

The ensemble cast includes Fisayo Akinade, Madalena Alberto, Jade Anouka, Nicholas Burns, Paul Chahidi, Jackie Clune, Pandora Colin, Rosalie Craig, Heather Craney, Judi Dench, Rachel Denning, Hadley Fraser, Mark Gatiss, Llewella Gideon, Alice Hewkin, Kadiff Kirwan, Aïcha Kossoko, Wanda Opalinska, Bill Paterson, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Nina Sosanya, Catherine Tate, Yusra Warsama, Timothy West, and Finty Williams.

Written by James Graham, it will be filmed using fixed rig technology by producer Twofour.

Sun doesn’t set on Channel 4’s Indian Summer

It’s only three episodes into its first season.

But Channel 4 has moved quickly to tie up a second season of period drama Indian Summers.

Indian Summers

Indian Summers

The new ten-part season, due to air in 2016, will be set in Simla during the summer of 1935, three years after the current season.

Indian Summers was created and written by Paul Rutman, and is produced by New Pictures. Charlie Pattinson and Rebecca Eaton executive produce. Indira Varma is the co-executive producer.

It is coproduced with Masterpiece on PBS, which airs the series in the US, and is distributed worldwide by All3M International.

Channel 4 unveils Coalition

This is the first image from Channel 4’s forthcoming political drama Coalition.

Coalition

Coalition

The film (1×90′) charts the moments that led to Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s rise from rank outsider to the man who would decide the fate of the country at the UK General Election in 2010.

Bertie Carvel, Mark Dexter, and Ian Grieve star as Nick Clegg, David Cameron and Gordon Brown in the drama, which is written by James Graham.

Coalition is produced by Cuba Pictures. An air date is yet to be confirmed.

First look: Humans

Gemma Chan appears as ‘synth’ Anita in the first image from Channel 4 and AMC’s forthcoming drama Humans.

Humans

Humans

The series is set in a parallel universe where the latest must-have gadget is a synth – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart.

The series stars William Hurt, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Colin Morgan, Rebecca Front, Neil Maskell, and Chan.

Based on the Swedish drama Äkta människor (aka Real Humans), which is produced by Matador Films, the adaptation is written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley.

Humans is produced by Kudos Film and Television in association with Matador Films. The executive producers are Jane Featherstone and Derek Wax, with Chris Fry, Henrik Widman and Lars Lundström producing.

Power builds New Worlds in Canada

Channel 4’s historical drama New Worlds is set to make its debut in Canada.

New Worlds

New Worlds

Super Channel has acquired rights to the series in a deal with distributor Power and is due to launch the series later this month.

Power has also closed a deal with pay TV network MNet for its feed across Africa.

The series, coproduced by Power and Company Pictures, has previously been sold to SBS (Australia), DR (Denmark), Sky TV (New Zealand), Chello Central Europe (Hungary), and HRT (Croatia).

New Worlds (4×60′ or 2×120′) is set in 1680s during the aftermath of the English Civil War, when King Charles II’s tyrannical rule has led to a climate of violence and fear in England and its American colonies. Amid the chaos, four young idealists fall in love as they commit to forging a fairer future with blood, passion and urgency. But to achieve this, they must be prepared to pay the ultimate price.

The series was created and written by Peter Flannery and Martine Brandt, and stars Jamie Dornan, Freya Mavor, Joe Dempsie, and Alice Englert.