Hulu Inks Content Deal With BBC Worldwide

‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Top Gear,’ ‘Sherlock,’ ‘Luther’ To Be Available on Hulu Plus

Hulu has signed a multi-year U.S. content deal with BBC Worldwide North America to make titles like Doctor Who, Top Gear, Sherlock and Luther available on its Hulu Plus subscription service.

The non-exclusive agreement also includes BBC comedies like Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, and Twenty Twelve; MI-5; Upstairs, Downstairs; Wallander, Bleak House, sci-fi series like Bedlam, Red Dwarf and Primeval; and natural history shows fromDavid Attenborough’s Life in the… series, Life of Mammals and The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth.

Doctor Who is available on Hulu starting Sept. 18 as well as its spin-offs The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood and factual programming like Blue Planet and Richard Hammond’s Crash Course. The other titles will launch this fall with additional series to roll out throughout the year. A selection of the more than 2,000 episodes of BBC Worldwide library programs will rotate on the free service.

Hulu has offered a variety of U.K. programming since its launch with shows like Misfits, Moone Boy and Pramface. It has partnered with BBC Worldwide since 2010, and co-produced the fourth season of The Think of It and upcoming Hulu original The Wrong Mans.

“Hulu has enjoyed a strong collaboration with BBC Worldwide North America, from international co-productions to breakthrough exclusive shows that have been embraced in the U.S. by extremely passionate audiences,” said Andy Forssell, acting CEO and senior VP of content for Hulu. “By adding this expansive collection of premium BBC Worldwide programming, Hulu Plus solidifies its role as a top streaming platform for the best British programming available in the U.S.”

BBC Worldwide also has distribution deals with Netflix and Amazon.

-- Multichannel News technology editor Jeff Baumgartner contributed to this report.