UK’s Alibi & Masterpiece set sail on Annika S2, following global sales deals


UKTV’s Alibi has partnered with Masterpiece in the US on a second season of detective drama Annika, while Sky Deutschland and ZDF have struck a two-window deal for the show in Germany.

The 6 x 60-minute series is based on the BBC Radio 4 drama, written by Nick Walker, and produced by Scottish indie Black Camel Pictures.

The story follows a detective played by Nicola Walker (The Split, Unforgotten) as she leads the specialist Marine Homicide Unit (MHU) that is tasked with investigating the unexplained murders that wash up in the waterways of Scotland.

The show features Walker’s character, Annika, make the audience her confidante by breaking the fourth wall and sharing her wry observations on the case and her life, as she manages her team and her equally brilliant yet complex teenage daughter.

Its first season will air on PBS’s Masterpiece strand in the US in October, while distributor All3Media International has sold first window rights to Sky Deutschland, with ZDF taking a second window deal.

The show will also air on France Televisions Outre Mer 1ère, AXN in Spain, Warner Bros. Discovery-owned Giallo in Italy  and Siminn HF in Iceland. Other deals have been struck with HRT in Croatia, Cosmote in Greece, BritBox for South Africa and Australia, with the ABC taking second window rights in the latter country. Sky New Zealand and Wowow in Japan are among other sales.

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