UKTV’s Watch secures back-to-life drama Resurrection


Wednesday 9 July 2014

UKTV's flagship pay entertainment channel Watch, has acquired fantasy drama Resurrection, an 8 x 60' series, from Disney UK and Ireland.

The series is produced by ABC Studios and follows the story of a community whose lives are changed forever when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear.

An eight-year-old American boy wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, and an Immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by a 60-year-old couple, Henry and Lucille Langston, who lost their son, Jacob, more than 30 years ago.

Steve North, General Manager for Watch said

The plot for Resurrection is full of intrigue and unexpected twists. The series makes for compelling viewing throwing the viewer into a world of the unimaginable, as those who were thought dead come back to life 30 years after they have been buried.

Resurrection has already proved popular with viewers in the US where it is airing on ABC with the show winning its time slot every week with adults 18-49. The series will premiere in the UK on Watch next month (August 2014).

Alexandra Finlay, Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at UKTV, said,

Resurrection was one of ABC's break-out hits this past season, and I'm thrilled our collaboration with Disney UK and Ireland continues as we bring this show to Watch. The excellent writing combined with fantastic production values gives this series a truly cinematic feel.

Dayna Donaldson, Executive Director, Disney Media Distribution, UK and Ireland adds,

As the story unfolds, Resurrection's constant twists and turns are set to keep Watch viewers on the edge of their seats. It is jam-packed full of ABC Studios irresistible drama and emotion, and we're sure that viewers in the UK will be gripped.

Resurrection stars Omar Epps (House) as J. Martin Bellamy, Frances Fisher (Titanic) as Lucille Langston, Mark Hildreth (The Tudors) as Pastor Tom Hale, Samaire Armstrong (Entourage, The O.C.) as Elaine Richards and Sam Hazeldine (The Raven) as Caleb Richards.

Resurrection was developed by Aaron Zelman (The Killing), who is executive producer. Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters and Joann Alfano are executive producers. Dan Attias is director and executive producer. Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are executive producers for Plan B and Jon Liebman is executive producer for Brillstein Entertainment.

UKTV's award-winning network of 10 channels reaches over 42 million viewers a month and its pay entertainment channel Watch is up 14% adult share year-on-year. In addition to Resurrection, viewers also have brand new episodes of BAFTA-nominated Dynamo: Magician Impossible to look forward to later this year.


For more information contact:

Kerry Parker, Head of Network Communications

Justine Bower, Group Publicity Manager, UKTV

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