Aussie dramas set for UK broadcasts

Good news for Doctor Blake, Miss Fisher and Howzat! in the UK.

8drblkA number of local dramas are about to unleash in the UK with Howzat! and Top of the Lake to premiere this month and new deals done for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War will receive its UK premiere on BBC Four next Monday with NZ-based drama, Top of The Lake to premiere on July 13 on BBC TWO.

ABC1’s The Doctor Blake Mysteries has been picked up by BBC One to screen during daytime in late 2013.

Series creator George Adams said today, “Having BBC One take a murder mystery show created and produced in Australia is a tremendous validation of the hard work put in by our entire cast and crew, and especially Craig’s spectacular performance as Doctor Lucien Blake.

“We thought it would be hard to top the fact that we have had the ABC hit of the year with 1.5m viewers tuning in every week, but this is the icing on the cake.”

Head of Fiction ABC TV Carole Sklan said, “The Doctor Blake Mysteries showcases the creative work of outstanding Australian practitioners. Itʼs wonderful to know it not only connects strongly with local audiences but also resonates with audiences around the world.”

Filming of the second season will begin in Victoria on Monday July 29th.

Meanwhile crime-themed Alibi channel has committed to the buying the second season of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, one of the few non-US first run series on the channel.

The second season is currently in production and is expected to launch on ABC in early 2014.

5 Responses

  1. Great news. The daytime drama slot (usually 2 pm) was the launchpad for the new Father Brown series in January – which went on to get a prime time repeat on BBC TWO.

  2. Wow BBC ONE for Doctor Blake! That is a huge achievement!

    That channel is overwhelmingly reserved for the best BBC programmes and it is extremely rare that a foreign series is put on it.

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