UKTV acquires NBC Universal’s Do No Harm

UKTV has acquired forthcoming US drama Do No Harm after striking a deal with NBC Universal International Television.

The deal is the latest US acquisition to be acquired by a British network, following a deal earlier this week for Sky to take Warner Bros’ drama Revolution.

Do No Harm, which will air on crime station Watch, is a midseason drama for NBC that follows a neurosurgeon that has to deal with his dangerous alter ego.

Separately, UKTV, which is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Network Interactive, has renewed its deals for Grimm and Suits. Fantasy police procedural Grimm airs on NBC in the States, while Suits, which was the first US scripted drama to air on Dave, was originally produced for USA Network.

UKTV controller Emma Tennant said: “Do No Harm’s exciting new twist on the Jekyll and Hyde story is original and out of the ordinary, making it a perfect fit for Watch and the ideal companion to established US drama Grimm, which continues to attract a large audience. Suits has also been a huge breakout hit for us on Dave, proving that US drama can work on the channel and we are delighted to have secured future seasons for our UK viewers.”

UKTV’s head of acquisitions and coproductions, Alexandra Finlay, said: “UKTV is committed to showcasing the best premium drama content and we’re delighted to extend our collaboration with NBCUniversal on this new deal. Do No Harm makes a fabulous addition to Watch’s ‘out of the ordinary’ proposition, and securing future seasons of Grimm and Suits ensures our viewers will continue to enjoy these shows as UK premieres.”

Belinda Menendez, president, NBCUniversal International Television Distribution and Universal Networks International, added: “We are very pleased to extend our relationship with UKTV through this deal. Do No Harm is an exciting new drama that will complement the existing series on Watch, and securing future seasons of established audience favourites, like Grimm and Suits, demonstrates UKTV’s long-term commitment to bringing exceptional programming to its viewers.”

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