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Five picks up Disney’s Flash Forward

UK commercial broadcaster Five has acquired hugely anticipated sci fi drama Flash Forward after striking a deal with Disney ABC ESPN Television.

The RTL Group-owned broadcaster fought off strong competition from satellite pay TV broadcaster Sky for the rights to the series, which features Joseph Fiennes and Jack Davenport.

Flash Forward, which is produced by ABC Studios, was one of the hottest series at this LA Screenings and is considered to be a strong contender to replace ABC’s current sci fi smash Lost, which will end its six year run next year.

The show, which is based on a novel by Robert J Sawyer, centres around a mysterious event that causes the entire world to blackout for two minutes and seventeen seconds, where everyone sees a vision of their own future is six months’ time.

The show will be executive produced by David Goyer, who co-wrote The Dark Knight, 24 showrunner Brannon Braga and Brothers and Sisters’ Marc Guggenheim.