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NENT Studios UK announced today that it has negotiated a co-production deal with Acorn TV for true-crime drama Manhunt II: The Night Stalker.

Martin Clunes in Manhunt
Manhunt: Martin Clunes as DCI Colin Sutton — Photo courtesy of Acorn TV

Today’s news from NENT Studios UK, a division of global content creation, production and distribution company NENT Studios, follows ITV’s November 2020 announcement about its commission of the second series of the critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite true-crime drama Manhunt.

NENT Studios UK’s deal with AMC Networks’ streaming service Acorn TV includes co-production funding for Manhunt II: The Night Stalker for North and South America. Others of the company’s early deals include co-production funding from Seven Network in Australia, and pre-sales of the series to DR TV in Denmark, VRT in Belgium, SVT in Sweden, Filmin in Spain, NRK in Norway, and NOS in the Netherlands.

Produced by Buffalo Pictures and written and executive produced by Ed Whitmore (Silent Witness, Rillington Place, Strike Back), Manhunt II: The Night Stalker returns Manhunt star Martin Clunes to his ratings-winning role as former London Metropolitan Police detective DCI Colin Sutton.

Based on Sutton’s diaries, Manhunt II: The Night Stalker is a four-part drama that tells the real-life story of the police pursuit of a notorious serial rapist, whose 17-year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people in south east London living in fear. Unlike the Levi Bellfield case explored in Manhunt, the victims here were elderly, and the crimes were unsolved for many years. The drama explores how Colin, just before his retirement from the police force, got involved late in the case and helped to solve it in a matter of weeks, taking an incredibly dangerous serial rapist off the streets.

Manhunt II: The Night Stalker will premiere later this year on ITV in the UK and as an Acorn TV Original on Acorn TV in North and South America.

The first series of Manhunt attracted an average audience of nine million viewers on ITV and was the highest-rated new drama on any UK channel during 2019, as well as one of Acorn TV’s most popular titles that year. It is currently available for streaming in the US on Acorn TV and its digital channels, including Acorn TV on Amazon Channels.

Stay tuned for updates.


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Manhunt II: The Night Stalker: Acorn TV to Co-Produce Second Series of Hit True-Crime Drama
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