BBC3 takes trip to 'Harper's Island'

CBS Par murder mystery to air in 13 parts

LONDON -- BBC youth channel BBC3 has picked up the CBS Paramount International Television-distributed drama "Harper's Island," a 13-part murder mystery that follows guests at a wedding on a deserted island off the coast of Seattle as they are murdered one by one.

Described by BBC acquisitions exec Sue Deeks as "Agatha Christie meets 'Scream,' " the show will air on the digital channel later this year.

BBC3 controller Danny Cohen said that the deal extended the channel's strategy of acquiring "a small number of high-quality programs from abroad which are suited to young audiences."