Peacock confirms ‘Brave New World’ will be available for US launch

Brave New World

NBCUniversal’s new streaming service Peacock has confirmed the originals line-up for its launch to all viewers in the US later this summer, with Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World adaptation featuring.

The AVOD and SVOD streamer, which became available to select customers of NBCU parent Comcast last month, said the Universal Cable Productions and Amblin Television show would be rolled out as part of Peacock’s nationwide launch to all subscribers on 15 July.

All first season episodes will be available, along with shows including UK drama The Capture, which aired last year on BBC One. It is from Heydey Television and NBCUniversal International Studios, and will be available alongside Intelligence, the scripted series that debuted earlier this year in the UK on Sky One, also owned by Comcast.

Sports documentary In Deep With Ryan Lochte is also on the slate, plus feature film Psych 2: Lassie Come Home and new episodes of Curious George, which will be available via Peacock Kids.

The children’s service will also offer two original series from Comcast-owned DreamWorks Animation: Cleopatra In Space and Where’s Waldo?. Premiere dates for future Peacock Originals and exclusive content will be announced later this year.

NBCU’s senior execs admitted last month that Covid-19 had had a “significant” impact on its launch slate, with the vast majority of production on its originals halted as a result of the pandemic.

Plans to launch in tandem with the Olympics in Japan have also been dashed after the sporting extravaganza was delayed by a year, leading to execs to admit that NBCU is “viewing 2020 as our runway to 2021, which is the year Peacock takes center stage.”

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