'Utopia' International Emmy Win Won't Change Cancellation Decision in U.K.
Channel 4 said it wouldn't renew the U.K. drama following its recently concluded second season
U.K network Channel 4’s series Utopia may have scooped the best drama award at the 2014 International Emmys on Monday, but the show still won’t return to U.K. TV screens.
The second season of the series, developed by Kudos (which is part of the Shine Group) and created by BAFTA nominee Dennis Kelly, concluded on U.K. screens in August. Seasons three and four were rumored, but in October, Channel 4 revealed that the show would not be returning, a decision that the broadcaster has confirmed wouldn’t be reversed despite the Emmy success.
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Utopia will, however, be heading to the U.S., with David Fincher behind an HBO remake. Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn is reuniting with the director as screenwriter. No production or premiere date has been announced.
Another big win for Channel 4 at the International Emmys was documentary series Educating Yorkshire, which was named best nonscripted entertainment. The show, which follows the staff and pupils around a U.K. school, was developed by production company Twofour and has been followed up with another series, Educating the East End. At MIPCOM last month, Shine International signed a deal with China’s Hunan TV, in association with Twofour, to develop a Chinese adaptation of the format, slated to air in 2015.
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"Both Utopia and Educating Yorkshire have been defining pieces in the creative renewal of Channel 4,” said Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt following the Emmy wins. “It’s wonderful that they have been recognized internationally for their quality and unique tone of voice.”