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FOX Plans to Adapt the UK’s Most-Watched New Drama For US Audience

By on August 1, 2013

David Tennant and Olivia Colman in the UK version of Broadchurch. Image © UTV



 Network to Produce U.S. Version of Hit British Crime Drama


Boldly continuing its push for quality long-form event series, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) announced today a series order for BROADCHURCH (working title), an American version of the the U.K.’s most-watched new drama of the year. Produced in partnership with Shine America, and to be executive-produced by the original series’ creator, Chris Chibnall (“Dr. Who,” “Camelot”), the gripping crime series is scheduled to begin filming in January, for broadcast during the 2014-2015 season.

Set in an American town, BROADCHURCH (wt) follows the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found dead on an idyllic beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face, from where he may have fallen. Although the cause of his death remains unsolved, the picturesque seaside town where the tragedy occurred is at the heart of a major police investigation and a nationwide media frenzy.

Chibnall will write the premiere episode and executive-produce the series with Shine America’s Carolyn Bernstein (“The Bridge”) and Jane Featherstone (“The Hour,” “Utopia”) from drama producers Kudos.  The series will be distributed by Shine International.

Broadcast on the U.K.’s ITV earlier this year, “Broadchurch,” Chibnall’s powerfully dark and thought-provoking drama starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, took the U.K. by storm. Immediately garnering critical acclaim, the series built into a cultural phenomenon, and drew more than 10 million viewers for its season finale.

“BROADCHURCH is the kind of storytelling that grabs your attention and keeps you riveted with every minute – which is exactly what we look for in an event series,” said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “We love the layered characters, we’ve seen how well-received it’s been in the U.K., and we’re lucky to be able to bring a new version of this mystery to the U.S. audience.”

“We are thrilled that this compelling series from creator Chris Chibnall and our sister company Kudos is going to be adapted for the American TV audience,” said Rich Ross, CEO, Shine America. “And FOX is the perfect partner to help make BROADCHURCH (wt) an event here in the U.S. as it was earlier this year for millions of British viewers.”

Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive, Kudos, added: “I am delighted to be working with Chris and everybody to bring BROADCHURCH’s (wt) unique voice and vision to a new coastline, community and culture.”



  1. Catherine

    August 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Noooooooooo! Did we learn nothing from COUPLING? If it a success doing the British way … it needs to stay British and just air here!!!! American’s LOVE British TV!

  2. Catherine

    August 1, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    On the other hand … it does have David Tennant – who all whoovians will follow till the end of the earth … and it is being produced by the original series creator, Chris Chibnall who also did Dr. Who and Torchwood (Yum!). So, I say it’s worth a watch. Time will tell!

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