The ABC has picked up the rights to BBC Television’s The 39 Steps an adaptation of one of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic mysteries.
The 90-minute drama, based on the espionage novels by John Buchan, stars Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks) aired in December in the UK to mostly negative reviews.
Augustus Dulgaro, the senior VP of Australia, Japan and New Zealand for ITV Global Entertainment, said: “The 39 Steps is an exceptional piece of high-quality television drama, with proven ratings success. The 39 Steps received its world premiere in prime time on BBC One during the hyper-competitive 2008 Christmas season.
“Delivering over 35 percent of all premium demographic eyeballs, the drama scored number one with a 30-percent share of all viewers. We’re confident it’ll be equally as popular with ABC viewers.”
ABC also acquired Wuthering Heights, an adaptation of Emily Bronte’s novel starring Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley.
Source: World Screen