Ovation has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights for select seasons of various titles, including Travel Man and Midsomer Murders, in a multititle deal with all3media international.
The deal includes seasons seven and eight of Travel Man (8×30 min. and a 60-min. Christmas special), which follows Richard Ayoade on his journeys around the world. Joining Ayoade for season seven are Eddie Izzard for a trip to Ljubljana, Frank Skinner in Zurich, Jessica Knappett in Ibiza and Morgana Robinson in Milan. Guest travelers joining him for season eight include comedian Dawn French, who journeys with Richard to Athens for some ancient history, doughnuts, molecular food, ouzo and a radical pedicure involving a toothless fish; and Nish Kumar, as the pair head to Porto for some amazing views of Portugal’s second city. The deal also includes the 96 Hours in Jordan Christmas special with David Baddiel.
To seasons of Gordon’s Great Escape (7×60 min.) are also part of the deal. In Gordon’s Great Escape, viewers see chef Gordon Ramsay leave his hectic professional life behind him as he embarks on a pilgrimage for fresh flavors. Having a lifelong love of curry, Ramsay travels to India for the first time. While there, he experiences the diversity of its culinary traditions, immersing himself in all aspects of Indian culture.
Travel Man and Gordon’s Great Escape will air in 2020.
Seasons seven through eleven of Midsomer Murders (38×120 min.) round out the package. The series is based on the award-winning detective novels by Caroline Graham—blackmail, intrigue, deceit, adultery and murder abound, as the dastardly goings-on in the seemingly idyllic county of Midsomer are unraveled by DCI Barnaby (John Nettles). Midsomer Murders will start airing on Thursday, November 14.