1st December 2021
UKTV today announces that Alibi has secured rights to the UK broadcast debut of hit buddy-cop drama series Pretty Hard Cases. Starring Meredith MacNeill (Baroness von Sketch Show) and Adrienne C. Moore (Orange is the New Black), the fun, action-packed and irreverent series chronicles the two vastly different female detectives who are at the top of their respective games. The 10x60' series is produced by Cameron Pictures in association with Canada's national public broadcaster CBC and Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. It was acquired by UKTV's global acquisitions manager, Charlie Charalambous.
Set in Toronto, Pretty Hard Cases follows Guns and Gangs Detective Sam Wazowski (MacNeill) and Drug Squad Detective Kelly Duff (Moore), where it's not until their chance meeting during a takedown that Sam and Kelly realise they're going after the same target. By day, they are heroes in their own particular way: skilled, tough, determined, and entertaining, fighting to do good in a broken system. But by night, they're both grappling with loneliness, dysfunctional families and turbulent love lives. Their friendship could help to balance each other out if only they didn't drive one another utterly insane.
Pretty Hard Cases is co-created by Tassie Cameron (Mary Kills People, Ten Days in the Valley, Rookie Blue, The Robber Bride) and Sherry White (Little Dog, Frontier, Ten Days in the Valley, Rookie Blue), who also serve as co-showrunners. Sherry White, Tassie Cameron, Amy Cameron, and Alex Patrick are executive producers. Wanda Chaffey produces and Caledonia Brown associate produces. The series is distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution.
Charlie Charalambous, UKTV's global acquisitions manager, commented:
To be working with NBCUniversal on this exciting new series is fantastic. The series features widely celebrated talent and is a welcome addition to our UKTV Originals and British dramas that have performed brilliantly this year
Emma Ayech, Alibi channel director, added,
Over the last year the US shows featured on Alibi have been outstanding, so it's great to be adding the hilarious and hard-hitting Pretty Hard Cases to the 2022 slate
Pretty Hard Cases will air on Alibi on the 19th of January and joins an array of dramas, including a second series of the hit period drama, Miss Scarlet and the Duke and returning commissions, Traces and We Hunt Together.
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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 dedicated to crime drama, investigating the best selection from the genre and premiering hit series from around the world such as Harrow, Evil, Briarpatch and Tommy. Alibi stepped into UKTV Original crime drama series with guaranteed thrills, twists and turns including hit series Traces, starring Molly Windsor and Martin Compston and We Hunt Together starring Eve Myles and Babou Ceesay. Now in its 14th series, Murdoch Mysteries has found a safe space on the channel while newcomers Hudson and Rex have become hugely popular additions. British crime dramas including Death in Paradise, Father Brown and Silent Witness give the viewers another chance to catch their favourite shows.