BBC First to Debut in Malta


BBC Studios’ drama channel BBC First is set to bow in Malta on April 1 via Melita, GO and Epic Malta.

BBC First, now ten years on from its initial launch, offers a slate of original British dramas for those outside of the U.K. In Malta, this includes the premiere of Blue Lights, following three rookie police officers as they navigate their entry into the police force in Northern Ireland.

Blue Lights is slated to debut on April 24 at 9 p.m.

The lineup also includes Press, premiering April 6 at 10 p.m., exploring the lives of people behind the daily news at two fictional, competing newspapers. It is created by Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster) and stars David Suchet (Poirot) and Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders).

A 13th season of the detective series Death in Paradise and the second season of its spin-off, Beyond Paradise, are both set to bow on April 26.

In the coming months, viewers in Malta will also be able to watch the third season premiere of the period drama Sanditon, based on Jane Austen’s unfinished book centering on the lives of those in a once sleepy fishing village as it transforms into a fashionable spa resort, and Six Four, starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Kevin McKidd, delving into the themes of kidnapping, corruption and betrayal.

Also available on BBC First are Professor T, following a brilliant criminologist with OCD, and Sister Boniface Mysteries, about a nun who is also a moped rider, wine maker and part-time forensic scientists.

“We are thrilled to witness the continuous growth and success of our global brand, BBC First, over the past decade,” said Zbigniew Pruski, commercial director for CEE at BBC Studios. “I cannot envision a better way to commemorate this milestone than by expanding its reach to new audiences, together with our great partners in Malta. BBC First presents a distinctive opportunity for British drama enthusiasts, offering a diverse range of content that includes both thought-provoking, gritty narratives and intricate storylines, as well as light crime dramas.”