Sky’s Kenneth Branagh drama, starring Boris Johnson, This England has been sold to 88 territories worldwide by distributor Fremantle.
Michael Winterbottom’s highly anticipated series, which profiles the beginnings of the COVID pandemic under Johnson’s premiership, has been picked up by Movistar+ (Spain), Viaplay (Nordic and Baltic, Poland and the Netherlands), Cosmote (Greece), OSN TV and OSN+ (MENA), M-Net (South Africa), BBC First (Australia) and TVNZ (New Zealand), among others.
Fremantle said more deals would be revealed in the coming weeks. A US buyer has not yet been announced.
The show will premiere on September 21 on Sky in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.
Fremantle International CEO Jens Richter called This England “a truly unique drama that combines Michael Winterbottom’s talent for conveying powerful real-world stories with Kenneth Branagh’s stunning performance”.
He added: “This dramatic behind-the-scenes dramatization of how the government, scientists, medical community and ordinary people in England faced these extraordinary events will fascinate and engage audiences. We are honored to be working with such a fantastic line-up of buyers to bring this incredible story to audiences around the world.”
Produced by Richard Brown’s Passenger and Revolution Films, This England covers government events interspersed with stories across the country from experts, scientists, doctors, nurses and care home workers. It was commissioned by Gabriel Silver, Director of Drama Commissioning at Sky Studios for Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Sky UK Content.
Boris Johnson Drama “This England”