Landmark new and returning BBC series will air on Channel 7 this year after a significant package of drama, natural history and factual titles was sold to the network by BBC Worldwide Australasia.
Hannibal - Rome's Worst Nightmare (1 x 90'), from the makers of Seven Wonders of the Industrial World and Pompeii: The Last Day, combines immersive drama with the latest historical research and CGI. Seven has also licensed its accompanying making-of documentary: The Truth About Hannibal (1 x 50').
Blackbeard - The Real Pirate of the Caribbean (2 x 50' by Dangerous Films) is a gripping tale of skullduggery, heroism, cunning and revenge. Starring James Purefoy (Rome, A Knight's Tale), and produced by the makers of Walking with Cavemen and The Human Body, this is the true story of the world’s most notorious pirate, and is accompanied by the 1 x 50' The Legend of Blackbeard.
"Hannibal and Blackbeard are two of the most exciting titles on our slate this year" said Julie Dowding, BBC Worldwide’s Head of Sales, Australasia. "They are beautifully shot pieces reconstructing fascinating periods in history."
Angus Deayton and Simone Lahbib (Monarch of the Glen) star in Heartless (1 x 90') a comedy-drama from Ecosse Productions about a heart transplant recipient who becomes convinced that he’s inherited the personality of his donor.
Other drama series licensed to Seven include the return of the BBC's ice-cool maverick Judge John Deed (6 x 90') for a further two series, and the fifth series of compelling murder mystery drama The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (4 x 90').
From the BBC's Natural History slate come five new 1 x 50' documentaries.
Typhoon Island looks at the rich wildlife on Taiwan, while Nature’s Vampires explains everything you never wanted to know about bloodsucking creatures.
A Boy Among Polar Bears joins two Inuit hunters in the Arctic, and Earth Ride propels viewers into the bodies of others and reveals the fascinating journey of a drop of water, from a bead of sweat to a river, flash flood or hurricane. Meanwhile Animals Behaving Badly is a light-hearted look at the very worst habits of some animals.
"This is a diverse range of quality television, and we’re pleased to be able to bring such a calibre of programming to our audience this year," said Tim Worner, Seven's Director of Network Programming and Production.