UKTV Picks Up Why Women Kill for Alibi


UKTV has licensed Why Women Kill, from Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), for its crime drama channel Alibi.

Why Women Kill stars Lucy Liu (Elementary), Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time) and Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Killing Eve). It details the lives of three women living in three different decades, examining how the roles of women through the ages have changed, but how their reaction to betrayal has not.

Why Women Kill was licensed in a three-series deal by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, along with Tommy, led by Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), and Evil, starring Katja Herbers (Westworld), Mike Colter (The Good Wife), Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show) and Michael Emerson (Lost).

UKTV’s head of acquisitions, Emma Sparks, said: “It is a very exciting time for acquisitions at UKTV, and to be able to work with ViacomCBS on this great collection of content is just the beginning. Evil, Why Women Kill and Tommy are brilliant additions to the slate of shows we have acquired for Alibi this year.”

Emma Ayech, Alibi’s channel director, added: “These shows are a great addition to the Alibi schedule, each series will hopefully give viewers a little escapism—from the brilliance of Edie Falco in Tommy to the dark comedy of Why Women Kill and the mystery of Evil.  These series continue to build the quality and breadth of drama that audiences can find on Alibi, perfectly complementing the British and U.S. dramas, and UKTV Originals we’ve had on Alibi this year.”

“These series have all the best elements of ViacomCBS’s world-class programming, including dynamic casts, big characters and compelling stories told by the top producers in the industry,” said Barry Chamberlain, president of international sales at ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group. “As the most comprehensive supplier of Hollywood content to the world, ViacomCBS is in a unique position to provide U.K. broadcasters with stable and consistent programming that will help grow audiences for years to come.”