BBC America to Develop Two New Series


BBC is developing a pair of new series, Wired and The Dead Beat.

Wired and The Dead Beat are the first two series created out of the non-exclusive development deal between BBCA and Clerkenwell Films (who produce U.K. sci-fi series Misfits), which was announced last September. Both series will be distributed by BBC Worldwide. Premiere dates were not disclosed.

Wired takes place in a world where "syns" (synthetic organisms) -- replicas of humans -- are the latest luxury, while The Dead Beat centers around two cops, one dead and one alive, who team up, working from leads in the world of the dead, to track down killers in the world of the living.

"We couldn't be more excited to be developing these British projects with Clerkenwell -- our first originals in the sci-fi genre," said Perry Simon, general manager of BBCA in a statement. "Supernatural Saturday has become a popular fixture on BBC America's schedule and both these highly creative ideas add a new dimension to our programming."

Murray Ferguson, chief executive at Clerkenwell added, "There's a great energy behind this partnership; the creative-makeup of BBC America, Clerkenwell, Steven Volk and John Jackson is truly inspiring and has given us the opportunity to create something very special. The prospect of reaching a global audience is exciting and we're eager to bring the worlds of Wired and The Dead Beat to life."