The Watch Notches Up Global Sales


New broadcasters have signed up to air The Watch, inspired by the characters of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.

The Watch has been sold to M-Net across sub-Saharan Africa, TVNZ in New Zealand, yes in Israel, Cosmote TV in Greece, Telefonica in Spain and Viasat World across Russia and CIS. An inflight deal has been signed with Emirates.

The Watch follows an unlikely group of misfits, The City Watch, who are forced to find the guts to save the world, surprising even themselves in the process.

A BBC Studios Production, The Watch was originally commissioned for BBC America. BBC First has started to air the series in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It has also been sold to and premiered in Australia (Stan), China (Bilibili) and Russia (Kinopoisk).

BBC Studios’ president of global distribution, Paul Dempsey, said: “Following its successful debut in the U.S., The Watch has captured the imagination of our international customers with its unique mix of escapism, comedy and crime.”

Executive Producer at BBC Studios Production, Richard Stokes, added: “It is great to see buyers across the world recognize that this is a series their audiences will love. With a bold cast of characters, The Watch really breaks the mold for the fantasy genre. The fantastic scripts combined with the direction and the extraordinary cast performances have created a series that will engage fantasy and sci-fi audiences who enjoy immersive worlds and rich storytelling.”