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BBC First to launch in Malta

March 27, 2024

BBC Studios has announced that the British drama channel BBC First will premiere in Malta on April 1st, partnering with some of the country’s largest operators Melita, GO Plc and Epic Malta. The channel offers audiences original and critically acclaimed drama all through a distinctive British lens.

BBC First will offer viewers in Malta premieres of a range of series. April’s highlights include the premiere of Blue Lights, the critically acclaimed series starring Richard Dormer which follows three rookie police officers as they navigate their entry into the police force in Northern Ireland. The series will debut on April 24th.

Press, premiering on April 6th, is a fast-paced series created by acclaimed writer Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster). The show explores the lives of determined and passionate characters behind the daily news at two fictional, competing newspapers with cast members including David Suchet (Poirot) and Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders).

Audiences seeking an escape from their daily routines can indulge in celebrated light crime series; from the 13th season of the sun-soaked detective series Death in Paradise  to the second season of its spin-off, Beyond Paradise, which sees DI Goodman and his fiancée on the impossible quest for a tranquil and crime free lifestyle away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Both series are set to premiere on April 26th.

In the coming months, audiences can look forward to the premiere of the third season of the popular period drama Sanditon. Based on Jane Austen’s unfinished book the series centres on the lives those in a once sleepy fishing village as it transforms into a fashionable spa resort. Six Four, stars Grey’s Anatomy talent Kevin McKidd and is a crime drama that delves into the themes of kidnap, corruption, and betrayal when a police detective’s daughter goes missing.

Additionally, Professor T follows the brilliant criminologist from Cambridge University, grappling with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Sister Boniface Mysteries Season 2 sees the nun, moped rider, wine maker, and part-time forensic scientist solves crimes with her unique blend of skills and charm.

“We are thrilled to witness the continuous growth and success of our global brand, BBC First, over the past decade. I cannot envision a better way to commemorate this milestone than by expanding its reach to new audiences, together with our great partners in Malta. BBC First presents a distinctive opportunity for British drama enthusiasts, offering a diverse range of content that includes both thought-provoking, gritty narratives and intricate storylines, as well as light crime dramas,” said Zbigniew Pruski, Commercial Director CEE at BBC Studios.

BBC First will join BBC Earth, Cbeebies and BBC News already available in the country.

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