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Leading independent distributor All3Media International announced today that Acorn TV and Sundance Now have acquired the thriller miniseries The Drowning for the Americas.

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The Drowning: (L-R) Babs Olusanmokun as Ade, Deborah Findlay as Lynn, Jill Halfpenny as Jodie, Rupert Penry-Jones as Mark, Jade Anouka as Yasmin, Jonas Armstrong as Jason — Photo by Bernard Walsh © Unstoppable Film & Television and All3Media International, courtesy AMC Networks

Acorn TV and Sundance Now, two of AMC Networks’ SVOD streaming services, have signed on with All3Media International for The Drowning, an identity thriller miniseries starring Jill Halfpenny, Jonas Armstrong, and Rupert Penry-Jones.

The Drowning was a ratings winner when it aired in February of this year on Channel 5 in the UK. The series premiere garnered 2.8 million viewers, which more than doubled the audience of the lead-in program, exceeded the average audience figure for its time slot by 144%, and ranked first in its time slot against all other UK broadcasters for the coveted Adults 16-24 demographic.

Both Acorn TV and Sundance Now will begin their premieres of the four-part drama on Thursday, May 6, in the US and Canada, with Acorn TV simultaneously offering the series in Latin America on the same date.

Jill Halfpenny (Liar, Dark Money, Year of the Rabbit) stars in the series as Jodie, a woman who has been rebuilding her life since her son vanished, presumably the victim of an accidental drowning, eight years ago. One day she catches sight of Daniel, a teenage boy whom she is convinced is her son. The question of whether he is or isn’t is completely overshadowed by the spark of hope that gets ignited within Jodie, who upends the life that she has carefully pieced back together by setting herself on a dangerous and transgressive path to get her son back.

The Drowning costars Jonas Armstrong (The Bay, Ripper Street, Robin Hood) as Jason, a lawyer on the cusp of a huge promotion who is Jodie’s only sibling and the only real support she has had in her life. Deborah Findlay (The Split, Collateral, Cranford) plays Lynn, Jodie’s mother, with whom she has a fractious relationship. Cody Molko (Shadow and Bone) plays Daniel, the boy Jodie becomes fixated with. And Rupert Penry-Jones (The Commons, Whitechapel, Silk) plays Daniel’s father, Mark, an architect who keeps a tight rein on his emotions and on his son’s life.

Additional cast members include Jade Anouka (His Dark Materials), Dara Devaney (Dominion Creek), Deirdre Mullins (The Frankenstein Chronicles), and Babs Olusanmokun (Black Mirror).

Produced by Unstoppable Film & Television in association with All3Media International for Channel 5, the series is written by Tim Dynevor (Emmerdale Farm), directed by Carolina Giammetta (Vera), and produced by Mary McCarthy (Miss Scarlet and the Duke). The executive producers are Noel Clarke (Doctor Who), Jason Maza (Bulletproof), Alexandra Stone (Kidulthood), and Catriona McKenzie (Cracker). It is created by Francesca Brill (Cuckoo, The Bait) and Luke Watson (Britannia, Ripper Street). Sebastian Cardwell is the Commissioning Editor for Channel 5.

Additional All3Media International deals for The Drowning include: a drama package with C More Entertainment for Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden; digital rights acquisition by Sky Network Television for New Zealand; a TV/SVOD acquisition by Hellenic Telecommunications for Greece; and DVD rights acquired by Dazzler Media for the UK and Ireland.

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The Drowning: Acorn TV & Sundance Now Pick Up Thriller Miniseries for Americas
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