Exclusive: TF1 lines up for ITV thriller ‘Deep Water’

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has picked up ITV drama Deep Water, marking the UK thriller’s first international deal.

The Endemol Shine International-distributed drama (6 x 60 minutes), which is to debut on ITV tonight (14 August), was adapted by Mrs. Wilson writer Anna Symon from the Windermere series of novels by Paula Daly.

Set in England’s Lake District, the Kudos-produced drama follows three mothers – all from different backgrounds but connected by children who attend the same school – and the moral and ethical crises that befall each of them during a period of time.

Marcella’s Anna Friel stars alongside Sinéad Keenan (Little Boy Blue) and Rosalind Eleazar (Howards End, Rellik).

The deal was brokered by Endemol Shine International’s sales director for French-speaking EMEA, Marion Vergnaud.

Deep Water is produced by Rebecca Hodgson and directed by Harry Wootliff. Executive producers include Karen Wilson, Diederick Santer and Symon.

Sophie Leveaux, artistic director of acquisitions and international drama development for TF1, said: “We are pleased with the acquisition of Deep Water and will soon offer this series to TF1 viewers. Its production quality, its brilliant writing and its formidable cast will make Deep Water a great asset for TF1’s programming. Thanks to the Kudos and ITV teams.”

Cathy Payne, chief exec for Endemol Shine International, added: “ESI are thrilled to be working with TF1 on Deep Water. We look forward to the French audience engaging with the emotional journeys of our characters across this very relatable contemporary drama.”

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