Banijay Rights has licensed The Gulf to UKTV for its crime drama channel Alibi.
The 3×90-minute series is slated to launch on Alibi in early spring 2020. Elsewhere in Europe, The Gulf is also set to air in Poland, after being acquired by Canal+ for its channel Ale Kino+. AMC Networks’ streaming service Sundance Now will feature the exclusive U.S. premiere of The Gulf beginning tomorrow, December 4.
Daniel Thomas, acquisitions manager at UKTV, commented, “We are really pleased to have acquired this exciting new thriller for Alibi as we continue to include the very best of international crime drama in our schedule. Our viewers are extremely discerning and The Gulf, with its unique take on a crime story set against the incredible backdrop of New Zealand, will have wide appeal.”
Chris Stewart, commercial director for scripted at Banijay Rights, added, “We are delighted that UKTV will be bringing this absorbing and original antipodean series to a U.K. audience where I’m sure it will engage a new legion of drama fans looking for their next crime fix. The Gulf, co-produced by Banijay Group’s Screentime New Zealand, has launched in New Zealand and in Germany to much acclaim and is proving to be a very desirable drama property for us with further sales already in the pipeline.”