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BBC Worldwide and ABC TV renew first-option deal

BBC Worldwide Australia and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation have renewed their first-option agreement for a further three years, giving ABC TV viewers the first opportunity to see some of the BBC’s programming.

According to BBC, the deal allows ABC TV exclusive access to new content across a broad range of genre within the BBC Worldwide catalogue.

Some of the first programmes to launch in the new agreement include drama series Call The Midwife, the new detective drama Death In Paradise, the new production of the Dickens’ classic Great Expectations and the new factual series, Fry’s Planet Word and Alone In The Wild.  The deal also sees the returning series of Doctor Who, New Tricks and Luther on ABC TV.