Broadchurch To Screen On ABC In Australia

Broadchurch will screen on the ABC network in Australia, say the independent news website Crikey. In an article published in April following the deal struck between the BBC and Australia's Foxtel which meant that ABC will soon lose their first first-run option for the BBC's comedy and drama output, they comment that ABC had still managed to pick up this major drama ahead of their rivals. 

Crikey say:

New British hit will land for ABC 

There’s a new star from British TV for AustraliaBroadchurch is an eight-part ITV production that just wrapped on Monday. Ratings have been huge — 10 million a night, which puts it in the Downton Abbey class . It stars David Tennant (a former Dr Who) and Olivia Colman as detectives who lead the hunt for the killers of an 11-year-old boy. And no it hasn't gone to Seven, but to the ABC.

The series was made by Kudos, which is part of Shine and which in turn is part of News Corp. Seven picked up the weak Law and Order UK from Kudos/Shine in 2012. The Hour, the story about a 1950s BBC current affairs program which lasted two series, was screened here by the ABC; Hunted is another Kudos production (SBS), as is Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Hustle and Spooks (all ABC).

Now News Corp controls Foxtel in Australia, which last week did that exclusive deal which will remove a lot of BBC first-run content (not Doctor Who and QI) from ABC TV from early 2014 onwards.

Did Broadchurch drop through the gap on the way to Australia? And why didn’t Ten try and grab it given Shine is the in-house family producer of choice for the struggling network? 

As yet no broadcast date for Broadchurch  has been announced for Australia.

Find out more about Broadchurch here

Source: Crikey