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BBC acquires The Newsreader

February 16, 2022

The BBC has acquired award-winning six-part drama The Newsreader from Entertainment One (eOne).

The Australian series, starring Anna Torv (Mindhunter, Fringe) and Sam Reid (Prime Suspect 1973, Lambs of God), centres around the frantic, busy heart of a commercial TV newsroom set in the 1980s, while following the relationship between an ambitious young TV reporter and the star female news anchor.

Created by writer Michael Lucas (Offspring, Five Bedrooms), the series depicts the dramas and tensions of this high-octane workplace as well investigating the political and personal power struggles of the world.

The series will air on both BBC Two and the BBC iPlayer.

Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition, BBC, says:  “The Newsreader is a superbly made drama which cleverly interweaves key news events from the period, 80’s nostalgia, office politics and personal relationships in a thoroughly engaging and entertaining style.”

The series is produced by Werner Film Productions, for the ABC in Australia.

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