ITV drama ‘Litvinenko’ is sold to Sundance Now and AMC+, in more than 80 territories

By | October 18, 2022

CANNES – Scottish actor David Tennant’s four-part drama “Litvinco” has been sold to more than 80 international markets ahead of its launch on ITV’s new streaming service, ITVX in the UK and Nent Group’s Viaplay streaming service. The Nordics, the Netherlands, Poland and the Baltics.

AMC Networks’ Sundance Now and AMC+ have acquired the drama’s exclusive US rights, and Prime Video has picked up the series in Canada.

In Europe, “Litvinenko” is broadcast on M6 in France, in Germany Proseben Sat.1 and Sky Italia, among others.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Seven Network Australia, TVNZ (New Zealand) and Now TV in Hong Kong are among those who are making the rights available on the Indian subcontinent, along with Viacom 18. BookMyShow holds the TVOD rights in India, through its platform BookMyShow Stream, and M-Net has picked up the drama for Pan Africa.

“This fascinating, moving story will appeal to audiences worldwide at all times, but perhaps never more so than this time. We are proud to play our part in shedding light on the circumstances surrounding Alexander Litvinko’s death around the world,” said Ruth Berry, ITV Studios’ Director of Global Broadcasting.

“Litvinko” tells the story of a team of Scotland Yard officers who work for 10 years to find out who is responsible for the deaths of Russian dissidents.

Written by George Kay (“Lupin”, “Criminal”), and produced by Patrick Spence, ITV Studios and Tiger Themes, the drama is directed by Jim Field Smith (“Criminal”, “Truth Seekers”).

“Litvinenko” was produced with the support of key figures involved in the investigation and public inquiry, including former Scotland Yard officers Clive Timmons and Brent Hyatt, along with Ben Emerson QC and the Litvinenko family. It was commissioned for ITV by head of drama Polly Hill.

The story begins in November 2006, when two police officers were called to London’s University College Hospital to interview a patient in poor health. It was Litvinko who claimed to have been poisoned on direct orders from Vladimir Putin.

From the information he gave to the police from his bed, the detectives tracked down two Russians who poisoned Litvinko with the radioactive substance polonium 210.

Scotland Yard launched a homicide investigation after he was pronounced dead on November 23.

The drama tells the story of Marina, played by Margarita Leviva (“The Deuce”, “The Blacklist”). His murder.

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