28 September 2020
Praise for We Hunt Together series one:
- "TV escapism at its finest and darkest" The i
- "quirky, murky crime drama" Radio Times
- "wonderfully twisty thriller" TV Times
- "Both unsettling and refreshing" Daily Mail Weekend
- "deliciously dark viewing" BT.com
UKTV's leading crime drama channel, Alibi, has commissioned a second series of the UKTV Original We Hunt Together (6x60'), following its successful launch earlier this year, with a total of 731k* viewers tuning in to the first episode.
Produced by BBC Studios and written by Gaby Hull (Cheat, Two Weeks to Live), series one of the cat and mouse thriller introduced two star-crossed killers, Baba and Freddy, who go on the run from the police after committing a series of brutal murders. Mismatched detectives DS Lola Franks and DI Jackson Mendy were assigned to the case and determined to stop the deadly duo in their tracks.
Series two will pick up ten months after the dramatic finale, with a potential new accomplice on the scene and another game of obsession, murder and love to get underway. This time the risks are higher, but so are the rewards.
Gaby Hull said:
It was a real pleasure developing series one with BBC Studios, UKTV and the incredible cast and crew. I'm excited to be able to keep the story going and see where the hunt takes us next.
We Hunt Together has been commissioned by Philippa Collie Cousins, drama commissioner, with head of scripted Pete Thornton, and ordered by Emma Ayech, channel director for Alibi. Richard Watsham is director of commissioning and Adrian Wills is general manager for drama and lifestyle. The series is written by Gaby Hull and executive producers for BBC Studios are Alexander Lamb and Priscilla Parish. BBC Studios is handling distribution internationally.
UKTV drama commissioner Philippa Collie Cousins said:
We Hunt Together is special because it examines the motives of the law breakers and the upholders of justice, while entertaining the audience during six thrilling episodes. Once again this will be must see TV for Alibi and an international audience".
Alibi channel director Emma Ayech added:
We Hunt Together has been a standout series this year on Alibi, so we are really pleased to be able to bring our viewers more of this brilliant drama. Gaby Hull cleverly weaves dark humour into incredibly dramatic scenes, so I can't wait to see what this new series has in store.
Priscilla Parish, head of drama for BBC Studios, added:
We're thrilled to be working with UKTV and Alibi again and diving back into the joyfully murky cat and mouse world of We Hunt Together.
We Hunt Together is part of a growing portfolio of UKTV Original crime dramas for Alibi, alongside the highly successful Traces from RED Production Company, also returning for a second series, and The Diplomat from World Productions.
BBC Studios, which distributes We Hunt Together internationally, has secured a raft of series one sales to clients in the US (Showtime), Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay (Cablevision Flow), New Zealand (UKTV), France (Polar+), Russia (international broadcaster Viasat World) and Greece (Cosmote TV), Emirates and Etihad Airways. The series is also available on the BBC FIRST channel in Asia, Australia, Benelux and South Africa. We Hunt Together, Traces, and The Diplomat will be part of BBC Studios offering to international buyers during MIPCOM 2020.
The new series of We Hunt Together will air in 2021 and casting will be confirmed at a later date.
Notes for editors:
* Total Consumption, 28 day consolidated Dovetail viewing including viewing via pre-broadcast, online and narrative repeats within 7 days of the premiere.
Sky 132/826, Virgin 126/200, BT 312/382, TalkTalk 312, TV Player On demand on Sky, Virgin, BT and TalkTalk
Alibi is the only TV channel in the UK dedicated to crime drama, investigating the best selection from the genre and premiering hit series from around the world such as Harrow, Waco and I Am The Night. Alibi stepped into UKTV Original crime drama series with guaranteed thrills, twists and turns including hits Traces, starring Molly Windsor and Martin Compston and We Hunt Together, starring Babou Ceesay and Eve Myles.
Now in its 13th series, Murdoch Mysteries has found a safe space on the channel while some of British TV's best-known detectives, including Miss Marple, enjoy a trip down memory lane. Hit British crime dramas including Death in Paradise, Father Brown and Silent Witness give the viewers another chance to catch their favourite shows.
UKTV has been at the forefront of branded television for over 25 years, entertaining the nation with programmes they love. Its leading brands - Dave, Gold, W, Drama, Alibi, Eden and Yesterday - span comedy, entertainment, natural history, factual and drama, and are delivered to audiences through UKTV Play, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat and Amazon Fire. The broadcaster is a significant investor in British creativity and is committed to working with new and established writers, directors and programme-makers.
UKTV is part of BBC Studios, the UK's most-awarded production company, a world-class distributor with international branded services, and a commercial subsidiary of the world's leading public service broadcaster, the BBC.
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