25 June 2020
Following its UK premiere, BBC Studios has announced an international sales deal with American pay TV network, Showtime, for hit UKTV Original drama series We Hunt Together.
The six-part thriller, written by Gaby Hull and produced and distributed by BBC Studios, will debut on Showtime at 10pm on Sunday 9 August. It premiered on UKTV 's Alibi channel last month and immediately proved a hit with 719k* viewers tuning into the first episode. In the UK, the series is available as a boxset on Sky, and the DVD is set to be released next month.
We Hunt Together it is a brave new take on the classic cat and mouse story. The series explores the dangerous power of emotional manipulation and the intoxication of sexual attraction which can lead to dire consequences for those who get in the way.
Hermione Corfield plays Freddy who is charming, highly intelligent and possibly a psychopath. Dipo Ola is Baba, and the opposite of Freddy. He's a former child soldier, damaged yet compassionate, however, his chance encounter with Freddy awakens his predisposition for extreme violence and the pair's lust for one another creates a deadly duo.
Eve Myles and Babou Ceesay play DS Lola Franks and DI Jackson Mendy who are thrown together to work on a high-profile murder case. Their unconventional relationship and differing opinions cause conflict during the investigation and this, coupled with Lola's inability to deal with her own demons, has the potential to push them both to breaking point.
Martin Rakusen, Director Drama Content Partnership, BBC Studios said:
From the outset our ambition was to tell compelling stories from the best of British talent and I'm thrilled that we have found a partner in Showtime that have embraced the series that Gaby and the team have created. After such a positive audience reaction to the series premier in the UK, I'm excited to see the response from Showtime's audience when it launches in August.
UKTV's Director of Commissioning, Richard Watsham, added:
I'm delighted that Showtime has picked up We Hunt Together. I am sure they'll be a fantastic partner for us on this dark, distinctive thriller, which has already gone down brilliantly with Alibi's audience in the UK. It's a testament to the quality that Philippa and the team at BBC Studios have delivered. With more dramas in the pipeline, it's shaping up to be a powerful partnership.
We Hunt Together was executive produced by Philippa Collie Cousins (Traces) for UKTV and BAFTA-winning Hilary Salmon (Three Girls, MotherFatherSon), Anne Pivcevic (Little Dorrit, Silent Witness) and Esther Springer (Undercover, Our Girl) for BBC Studios, with Lisa Osborne as series producer.
Notes to editors
*Total Consumption, 28 day consolidated Dovetail viewing including viewing via pre-broadcast, online and narrative repeats within 7 days of the premiere.
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