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Disney deal brings new dramas to Alibi and W, while Quantico and Code Black return

Wednesday, May 9th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

UKTV has announced a deal with Disney that will see three new shows make their UK debuts on the network and hit shows Quantico and Code Black return for new seasons on Alibi and W.

Australian crime drama Harrow is new and exclusive to Alibi and stars Ioan Gruffudd as a brilliant but unorthodox forensic pathologist whose disregard for authority and empathy for the dead help him solve some pretty bizarre cases.

New comedy American Housewife, which will be coming soon to W, follows housewife Katie Otto (played by Katy Mixon) as she adapts to life in a new hometown – Westport, Connecticut – and tries to stand out among the wealthy and pretentious women she finds there.

Also included in the deal is eight-part US drama The Assets, which aired on ABC in the States in 2014 but was cancelled after just one season. It stars new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker as a CIA officer trying to save Soviet intelligence officers from being exposed by a mole.

'Broad new range of hit series'

Dayna Donaldson, general manager of media distribution, Disney UK & Ireland, said: “With this broad new range of hit series, we're sure to offer something to cater to all UKTV viewers' tastes.

“We are looking forward to working with UKTV to bring the crime drama Harrow to the UK for the first time, following its great success in Australia, as the first co-production out of ABC Studios International's London-based team.”

Fans of Quantico will be pleased to hear the show is returning to Alibi in June for a third season. The crime drama follows the lives of young FBI recruits training at the Quantico base in Virginia and stars Priyanka Chopra (Baywatch) as Alex Parrish alongside Russell Tovey (Him and Her), Johanna Braddy (Paranormal Activity 3) and Blair Underwood (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

Another show returning to the UKTV network is Code Black, with viewers now able to look forward to seeing seasons three and four on W. This drama sees four first-year residents tending to patients in a busy, understaffed emergency room.

Emma Sparks, head of acquisitions at UKTV, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Disney once again to bring these gripping shows to British viewers first. From emergencies in the operating theatre to solving crimes in sunny Brisbane, we are proud to add these series to UKTV's growing slate of premiere acquisitions.”

UKTV recently snapped up the rights for three dramas from Sony Pictures Television for Alibi – Carter, The Guardian and Unforgettable – while W is set to show presenter Emma Willis training as a midwife for a new original programme.

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