BBC First Acquires Death in Paradise

Death in Paradise is a hugely popular programme and I am delighted that our audiences will get a chance to see it first on BBC First as part of our mix of exciting new titles and the latest series of established shows. I’m confident that The Musketeers and Peaky Blinders will be a big hit with our viewers so it’s good news that the second series of each of these well-received shows will be coming to Australia on BBC FirstNatalie Edgar, Director of Television BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand
Date: 16.07.2014     Last updated: 18.07.2014 at 10.28
Category: BBC Worldwide
Big returning series join original new programmes

The new series of the hit drama Death in Paradise, currently in production on the Caribbean island of Guadelope, has been secured for BBC First and will premiere on the channel next year.  It will join other big returning show Call the Midwife, with series four already acquired for the channel for 2015.

Starring Kris Marshall (Love Actually, My Family) as DI Humphrey Goodman, the successful series follows the detective team on the idyllic Caribbean island of Saint Marie as they investigate the most intriguing and dastardly of murders. They must use their skills to uncover the truth behind the island’s complex crimes. Guest stars for the fourth series include ex Coronation Street actress Natalie Gumede, Amy Nuttall (Downtown Abbey) and former EastEnders’ star Hettie Bywater.

Death in Paradise and Call the Midwife will sit alongside a slew of new, original programmes.  The second series of BBC First launch titles The Musketeers and Peaky Blinders, also currently in production, have now been secured for the channel.

Natalie Edgar, Director of Television BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand, said “Death in Paradise is a hugely popular programme and I am delighted that our audiences will get a chance to see it first on BBC First as part of our mix of exciting new titles and the latest series of established shows. I’m confident that The Musketeers and Peaky Blinders will be a big hit with our viewers so it’s good news that the second series of each of these well-received shows will be coming to Australia on BBC First.”

Death In Paradise is a Red Planet Pictures production in association with BBC Worldwide, produced with the support of the region of Guadeloupe.

The BBC Worldwide channel, which will showcase the very best new British dramas and comedies in one place for the first time, launches on Foxtel on August 3. To give viewers a chance to sample some of the programmes which will be on offer on the channel, Foxtel and BBC First have made the first full episodes of series one of The Musketeers and Peaky Blinders available free on YouTube until August 10.

The Musketeers:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zny2E4nTTek

Peaky Blinders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cwaxz3pugWw

BBC First joins existing BBC channels – UKTV, BBC Knowledge, CBeebies and BBC World News – on the Foxtel platform.  It will also be available on Foxtel GO and in high definition.  Drama and comedy fans will be able to check what’s coming up on BBC First via the programme page bbc.com/first.

18 DAYS TO GO TO BBC FIRST LAUNCH

For more information contact: Sue Affleck, Communications Manager, BBC Worldwide ANZ Sue.affleck@bbc.com  T: +61 2 9744 4501 M: ++61 404 604731

About BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand

Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) is a priority territory for BBC Worldwide, focusing on growth across all its core business areas. Based in Macquarie Park, Sydney, BBC Worldwide ANZ wholly owns five channels: UKTV, BBC Knowledge and CBeebies in Australia; UKTV and BBC Knowledge in New Zealand; and is responsible for the distribution and promotion of BBC World News which transmits in both countries. In August 2014 it will launch a new premium channel BBC First, showcasing premiere drama and comedy on the Foxtel platform in Australia. BBC Worldwide ANZ distributes great British content from the BBC and other producers to all free-to-air and most subscription channels in Australia and New Zealand. It works with partners to bring BBC Worldwide DVDs, magazines, digital apps, innovative products and live events to the local market, as well as offering advertising opportunities for the BBC’s world renowned bbc.com news site and lonelyplanet.com. Australia is the most successful territory for the global BBC iPlayer.

bbcworldwide.com

 

twitter.com/bbcwpress


About Foxtel

Foxtel is one of Australia’s most progressive and dynamic media companies, directly employing around 2,500 people, and delivering a diverse subscription television service to both regional and metropolitan areas over cable, satellite and broadband distribution. We offer a better entertainment experience every day to each one of our 2.3 million subscribing homes through delivery of exclusive and inspiring programming across all genres, the world’s most popular channel brands, and investment in high quality local content. As constant champions of innovation we have brought customers the iQ personal digital recorder, Australia’s largest HD offering, Foxtel 3D, and more recently, the Foxtel Go App for iPad. Foxtel is owned by Telstra Corporation Limited ACN 051 775 556 (50%) and The News Corporation Ltd (50%). foxtel.com.au