Prime TV renews BBC Worldwide programming deal

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Prime Television is delighted to announce a long-term renewal with BBC Worldwide to ensure New Zealand viewers see original Top Gear episodes first free-to-air.

The BAFTA and Emmy award winning quirky British motoring lifestyle show, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, has long been a favourite with Prime viewers. The agreement also includes first run episodes of international versions of Top Gear Australia and Top Gear US.

Channel manager Kathy Wright said demand for great British content is stronger than ever with series such as Doctor Who, Scott & Bailey, Downton Abbey, Monroe and the channel’s Weekend Murders slot, featuring Midsomer Murders, Lewis, Marple and more, proving incredibly popular.

“We are delighted to be able to complement our programme line up with quality British content from BBC Worldwide. Prime prides itself in having a diverse, eclectic schedule with a broad appeal and our renewal also includes a significant package of quintessential BBC British drama, factual content and natural history which adds a further dimension to our prime-time offerings, particularly for those who are looking for more intelligent viewing,” she said.

New BBC Worldwide content coming to Prime includes Case Sensitive: The Point of Rescue a psychological police thriller of identity, guilt and the dark side of motherhood based on the award-winning novel by Sophie Hannah, starring Olivia Williams (An Education, The Sixth Sense) and Darren Boyd (PA’s Green Wing); Silk, a fast-paced law drama starring Maxine Peake (Criminal Justice II, Little Dorrit) and Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks, Whitechapel); Silent Witness, one of the BBC’s most successful and longest-running crime dramas; and Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer on the hunt for the perfect holiday, from the budget and bijou to the grand and glamorous in Vacation, Vacation, Vacation. The factual and natural history content includes Madagascar, the latest from long-time Prime favourite Sir David Attenborough.

“We are very pleased to be able to provide content of this quality and range,” said Robyn Campbell, BBC Worldwide’s Sales Manager, New Zealand. “With smart storytelling, entertaining factual and stunning natural history, this diverse array of titles is sure to make a big impact on New Zealand audiences.”

“We are simply thrilled to have secured these titles, with more to be announced in the coming months,” said Ms Wright.

– Prime TV

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