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BBC WORLDWIDE AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND DEAL BRINGS HIGH OCTANE AND MURDEROUSLY BRILLIANT CONTENT TO PRIME

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BBC WORLDWIDE AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND DEAL BRINGS HIGH OCTANE AND MURDEROUSLY BRILLIANT CONTENT TO PRIME

  • Top Gear returns to Prime! 
  • Great drama adds to Prime’s stellar ‘murderous line-up’

The world’s biggest motoring show Top Gear returns to Prime TV this year as part of a new multi-year agreement with BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand.

“Prime has been the ‘spiritual home’ of Top Gear for many years and it’s terrific to have the brand new series back on Prime,” said Head of Acquisitions Lisa Clements.

“As the series moves into a fresh new era led by self-proclaimed car nut Chris Evans, we look forward to introducing Kiwis to the new look for this multi-award winning much loved show where cars are just the starting point for having fun.”

Fans of great British drama are also well catered for with three great drama series included in the content package deal, brand new series The Coroner and Unforgotten and, for the first time on New Zealand free-to-air television, the much-loved Father Brown.

“Prime viewers have long loved a good murder mystery and we are delighted to bring these three high-quality yet very different whodunit series to Kiwi living rooms,” said SKY’s Head of General Entertainment and Prime, Karen Bieleski.

Irene Read, Director of TV Sales for BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand, said: “These are four highly anticipated series that represent the best of British drama and entertainment. I’m confident that they will flourish on Prime.”

The Coroner, sees high-flying solicitor Jane Kennedy (Clair Goose) return to live and work as the coroner in the small English coastal community she grew up in. Investigating a different sudden or unexplained death in each episode, her life is complicated by having to work with old flame Davey Higgins (Matt Bardock), who is now the local detective sergeant.

When the bones of a young man are found after a house is demolished, DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and her colleague DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) are called in to investigate in Unforgotten.  All clues point to four seemingly unconnected people: a clergyman, an eminent entrepreneur, a community worker and a wheelchair-bound husband caring for his wife.  Each has a secret to hide, and as their lies unravel the people they love the most begin to wonder what else they might be capable of.

And based on the stories of G K Chesterton, Mark Williams stars in the hugely successful Father Brown, following the crime-solving priest of St. Mary's Catholic Church in the fictional Cotswold village of Kembleford in the early 1950s. The mild-mannered priest looks unremarkable, but his gentle nature and slightly crumpled look belie a razor-sharp wit and intellect.

“Prime has long been the home of great content from across the globe and the best in free-to-air sport. The addition of Top Gear and these three fantastic BBC Worldwide distributed series add even more value to our great line up of local and international drama and documentary series,” said Ms Bieleski.

Broadcast details for all titles will be released in due course.