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BBC Studios-owned UKTV gets rights to shows in first deal with AMC Networks

Mrs Sidhu Investigates stars Meera Syal

UKTV and its parent company BBC Studios (BBCS) have secured the UK and Benelux rights to shows including the forthcoming Mrs Sidhu Investigates from AMC Networks in a joint deal.

Mrs Sidhu Investigates (4×90′), seasons one and two of Signora Volpe (6×90′) and Whitstable Pearl (12×60′), Darby & Joan (8×60′), The South Westerlies (8×60′) and Dark Winds (6×60′) are set to premiere later this year and in early 2024 on Drama, crime channel Alibi, UKTV Play in the UK and BBC First Benelux.

Based on the popular BBC Radio 4 series of the same name and made for AMC Networks-owned Acorn TV, Mrs Sidhu Investigates is created and written by Suk Pannu (The Kumars at No. 42) and stars Meera Syal CBE FRSL.

Emilia Fox (Silent Witness) leads the cast in Signora Volpe and plays a disillusioned British spy-turned-detective who starts a new life in the beautiful heart of Italy, but soon finds out trouble follows her wherever she goes.

Based on a series of novels by Julie Wassmer, detective drama Whitstable Pearl stars Kerry Godliman (After Life) as a single mum who pursues her lifelong dream of starting a private detective agency, which she runs from her family restaurant in a coastal town.

Darby & Joan is an Australian murder mystery and crime dramedy series starring Bryan Brown (Cocktail) and Greta Scacchi (The Player), created by Philip Gwynne and Glenys Rowe.

Irish dramedy The South Westerlies, meanwhile, follows an environmental consultant who goes undercover in a small town to quell objections to a wind farm.

Finally, Dark Winds is a US psychological noir thriller created by Graham Roland, based on the Leaphorn & Chee novel series by Tony Hillerman and set in the 1970s.

Mrs Sidhu Investigates and Signora Volpe are set to premiere on Drama and UKTV Play this fall, with Whitstable Pearl and Darby & Joan will air on the channel early in 2024. The South Westerlies premieres exclusively on UKTV Play in October and Dark Winds will also be available to watch on Alibi from October.

Episodes of The Madame Blanc Mysteries (13×60′), London Kills (10×60′) and Queens of Mysteries (6×45′) have also been acquired for BBC First in Benelux, which features premium British drama and is curated locally for Dutch and Belgian audiences.

This deal is the first between UKTV and AMC Networks and was secured by Jimmy Rumble, global acquisitions manager at BBCS and UKTV.

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