4th November 2021
UKTV has today announced the acquisition of the drama series Clarice (13x60') for leading crime drama channel Alibi, following a deal with MGM Television. The series will air this December.
The thirteen-part series is a spin-off from Thomas Harris' 1988 novel The Silence of the Lambs and its 1991 film adaptation. Rebecca Breeds (Pretty Little Liars) stars as Clarice Starling, alongside Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead) as Paul Krendler, Lucca De Oliveira (Animal Kingdom) as Thomas Esquivel, Kal Penn (Designated Survivor) as Shaan Tripathi, Nick Sandow (Orange is the New Black) as Murray Clarke, Devyn A. Tyler (Watchman) as Ardelia Mapp, Marnee Carpenter (Criminal Minds) as Catherine Martin.
Clarice is a deep dive into the untold personal story of FBI Agent Clarice Starling (Breeds) as she returns to the field in 1993, one year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs. Brilliant and vulnerable, Clarice's bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. However, her complex psychological makeup empowers her to begin to find her voice while working in a man's world, as well as escape the family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life.
Clarice has been acquired for UKTV by Daniel Thomas, global acquisitions manager for UKTV and BBC Studios. The series is produced by MGM Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout. Clarice is executive produced and co-created by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, with executive producers Heather Kadin and Elizabeth Klaviter.
Daniel Thomas said:
It's great to be working with MGM on this brilliant new series. Clarice is a fantastic addition for Alibi and will help round off a great year on the channel.
Emma Ayech, Alibi's channel director, added:
We are so excited to have Clarice on Alibi this December. The psychological thriller will be in great company alongside our standout UKTV Originals, with Traces and We Hunt Together returning for a second series in the new year.
Clarice will air on Alibi in December.
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Alibi is the only TV channel dedicated to crime drama, investigating the best selection from the genre and premiering hit series from around the world such as Harrow, Waco and I Am The Night. Alibi stepped into UKTV Original crime drama series with guaranteed thrills, twists and turns including last year's hit Traces, starring Molly Windsor and Martin Compston and We Hunt Together starring Eve Myles and Babou Ceesay.
Now in its 13th series, Murdoch Mysteries has found a safe space on the channel while some of British TV's best-known detectives, including Miss Marple, enjoy a trip down memory lane. Hit British crime dramas including Death in Paradise, Father Brown and Silent Witness give the viewers another chance to catch their favourite shows.
UKTV has been at the forefront of branded television for over 25 years, entertaining the nation with programmes they love. Its leading brands - Dave, Gold, W, Drama, Alibi, Eden and Yesterday - span comedy, entertainment, natural history, factual and drama, and are delivered to audiences through UKTV Play, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat and Amazon Fire. The broadcaster is a significant investor in British creativity and is committed to working with new and established writers, directors and programme-makers.
UKTV is part of BBC Studios, the UK's most-awarded production company, a world-class distributor with international branded services, and a commercial subsidiary of the world's leading public service broadcaster, the BBC.
About Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM)
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world's deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors. In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms and interactive ventures and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.