BBC iPlayer Debut for Investigative Drama New Blood


LONDON: New Blood, which comes from Anthony Horowitz, will premiere exclusively on BBC iPlayer ahead of its BBC One broadcast, making it the first prime-time drama to do so.

The seven-part investigative drama is produced by Eleventh Hour Films and directed by Anthony Philipson (Our Girl, Cuffs, 24 Hours In A&E). The story follows Stefan and Rash, junior investigators for the Serious Fraud Office and the police who, by combining their different skills, make a formidable crime-solving force.

Charlotte Moore, the controller of BBC Television and iPlayer, said: “BBC iPlayer was the first platform that brought drama on-demand to audiences and has continued to be at the center of innovation. Anthony Horowitz is a master storyteller who has a unique ability to tell compelling stories that appeal to audiences of all ages. New Blood is the perfect fit to be the first prime-time drama series to premiere on iPlayer and to help young audiences find a way to consume content online.”

Horowitz added: “We have to recognize that young people don’t watch TV the way we did, and it’s very much in the spirit of New Blood that the show will premiere on iPlayer. I couldn’t be happier that we’re going to be ‘out there’ on demand—it’s a great way to launch a show which is very much about the younger generation—before we settle into our seven-week, 9 p.m. slot.”