Studiocanal inks first drama deal with Hong Kong’s PCCW

Representing the first collaboration between Hong Kong-based media group PCCW and Studiocanal, the European distribution confirmed the sale of three premium English-language dramas from RED Production Company making their debut on ViuTVsix next year.

The package includes four-part character-led thriller Trust Me, produced for BBC One and starring Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who, Broadchurch). Created and written by Danny Brocklehurst and produced for BBC One, three-part drama Come Home also heads to Hong Kong, alongside Harlan Coben’s The Five, a gripping ten-part original thriller created by the bestselling author for the UK’s Sky 1.

Sarah Mottershead, Sales Executive at Studiocanal, commented: 'I’m very pleased to confirm our first partnership with PCCW, a deal which will see a great selection of our key English-language dramas making their debut in Hong Kong. All three titles showcase the absolute best in international content – combining globally renowned on- and off-screen talent with intriguing characters and gripping storylines, all from one of the UK’s most acclaimed production companies'.

'Our diverse drama portfolio presents a wealth of premium titles that are delivering excellent ratings for broadcasters across the world,' Sarah continued, 'We’re looking forward to working with our clients to bring more captivating drama to Asia in 2019 during what is sure to be a busy ATF.'

Written by Dan Sefton (Mr Selfridge, The Five) and now in pre-production on a second season, Trust Me tells the story of a skilled nurse Cath (Whittaker) who loses her job by whistleblowing.  Forced to take drastic measures to provide for her daughter she steals her best friend’s identity as a senior doctor and starts a new life. Burying herself deeper into the imposter persona, she realises she really could get everything she ever wanted - the job, the man, the dream - but with her old life threatening to destroy her fragile creation, how far will she go to protect it?

Come Home, starring Christopher Eccleston and Paula Malcomson, centres on the story of a mother who leaves her husband and three children. Greg (Eccleston) and Marie (Malcomson) have been married for nineteen years, when, seemingly out of the blue, Marie walks out on him and her three children. How can two people that loved each other become so opposed, and can a child learn to forgive their mother for leaving them? And why would Marie make such a shocking and significant decision to change their lives and divide their loyalties forever?

Harlan Coben’s The Five stars Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey), O-T Fagbenle (The Interceptor), Lee Ingleby (The A Word), and Sarah Solemani (The Wrong Mans). The screenplay is by BAFTA and Emmy Award®-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst and director is Mark Tonderai. When they were twelve years old, Mark (Cullen), Pru (Solemani), Danny (Fagbenle) and Slade (Ingleby) were out together in the park. Mark’s five-year-old brother, Jesse, was annoying them. They were mean – told him to get lost. Jesse ran away. He was gone. Never seen again. Twenty years later, Danny – now a detective – learns some shocking news. Jesse’s DNA has been found at a murder scene. He is alive and out there. Somewhere.