American Crime Story: Versace Clinches U.K. Slot


The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, the latest installment in Ryan Murphy’s anthology, has been acquired by BBC Two for a 2018 run.

The series, which was licensed from 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, follows the events surrounding the death of the legendary fashion designer in the summer of 1997. Its cast includes Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace, Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace, Darren Criss as serial killer Andrew Cunanan, and Ricky Martin as Versace’s longtime partner Antonio D’Amico.

BBC Two aired The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the first installment, last year.

Patrick Holland, controller of BBC Two, said: “I am thrilled that another season of American Crime Story is coming to BBC Two. Ryan Murphy and his team created something truly special with The People v. O.J. Simpson, winning a much merited BAFTA amongst a host of other awards. With British writer Tom Rob Smith—one of the most exciting talents in television drama—across season two, The Assassination of Gianni Versace promises to be captivating viewing.”

Sue Deeks, the head of BBC program acquisition, added: “With The People v. O.J. Simpson, the brilliant Ryan Murphy and his team crafted a unique and utterly compelling television event which managed to get the nation talking once more about one of the biggest cases in history. It is with great anticipation that we welcome the next installment of the American Crime Story franchise.”

“We couldn’t be more delighted that American Crime Story will continue on BBC Two; the next installment of the anthology is sure to delight and captivate audiences in 2018,” added David Smyth, the senior VP of sales and development for EMEA and managing director for the U.K. at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution.