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Hulu Acquires UK Drama Series ‘National Treasure,’ Sets Spring Launch

Deadline logo Deadline 12/13/2016 Erik Pedersen
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Hulu is taking a National Treasure from the UK. In a deal with All3Media, the four-part Channel 4 drama series from BAFTA-winning writer Jack Thorne will begin streaming stateside March 1 as a Hulu Original.

National Treasure examines the fallout that occurs when accusations of sexual misconduct are lodged against a fictional public figure, exploring their impact on the accused and those most closely associated with him as he is brought to trial. It follows Paul Finchley (Robbie Coltrane) as a bona fide “national treasure” and one half of a popular, long-running comedy act. The famous comedian’s world is thrown into chaos when he is accused of historic sexual abuse. Julie Walters, Andrea Riseborough and Tim McInnerny also star.

Executive produced by George Faber and George Ormond, Season 1 the series from the Forge Entertainment was Channel 4’s highest-rated series each day it aired and now is the highest-rated drama to premiere on the network.

“This bold and poignant series — a compelling and thoroughly absorbing drama that explores the impact of historical assault charges on all sides of the courtroom — has received wide critical acclaim globally, and Hulu is the right partner to ensure its success in the USA,” said Sally Habbershaw, EVP, Sales & Co-productions USA for All3Media International. “Through Jack Thorne and Marc Munden’s writing and directing craft respectively, as well as career defining performances from an hugely impressive star-studded cast, National Treasure is a standout, significant drama.

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