BBC Worldwide Australia and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation have renewed their first-option agreement for a further three years.
The deal allows ABC TV exclusive access to new content across several genres.
Some of the first programs to launch in the new agreement include: drama series Call The Midwife, detective drama Death In Paradise, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Great Expectations (pictured) and new factuals, Fry’s Planet Word and Alone In The Wild.
The deal also sees Doctor Who, New Tricks and Luther return to ABC TV.
Julie Dowding, BBC Worldwide’s Sales Director, Australasia, said: “We’re delighted to renew our first-option deal with ABC TV. It’s a broadcaster that shares many values with BBC Worldwide and it has been a fantastic platform for our quality content over the years.”
Brendan Dahill, ABC1 Channel Controller: “There is a natural synergy between our audience and the excellent content and high production values of BBC programming. It is an excellent fit so we are extremely pleased to be continuing our relationship for many years to come.”
The agreement doesn’t necessarily mean all BBC content will automatically premiere on the ABC, but that the public broadcaster has first pick in in the genres covered by the deal.
A BBC Worldwide spokesperson told TV Tonight: ‘The deal allows ABC TV exclusive access to new content across a broad range of genre within the BBC Worldwide catalogue, including drama, comedy, factual, entertainment, documentaries, religion, arts and lifestyle programming. We will inform ABC TV of the availability of programs outside of this deal so that they may chose to bid for them.’
Falling outside of the agreement are Children’s, News and Natural History.
Shows that already have existing deals with other broadcasters such as Top Gear, Sherlock and existing Pay TV premiere series are unaffected.