Channel 4 Acquires 'The Killing'

"The Killing"

Chief creative officer Jay Hunt said the drama is "hugely exciting" and the "intense atmospheric thriller" would fit well with the network's U.S. fare.

LONDON -- Channel 4 has picked up the rights to series one and two of the Fox-produced drama The Killing, the AMC remake of the cult Danish language long-running thriller Forbrydelsen, which has proved a surprise international hit.

Chief creative officer Jay Hunt hailed the show as "hugely exciting" and said the "intense atmospheric thriller" would fit well with Channel 4's menu of select U.S. fare, which the network hopes to boost at next week's L.A. Screenings. 

Hunt, who was previously controller of BBC1, said that after a number of thin years following the writers' strike there was "a sense of vibrancy" about this year's studio offerings.

Announcing the network's summer season, the first under Hunt's commissioning cycle, Channel 4 plans to go back to its controversial roots by tackling the issue of social drug-taking head on. In science series Drugs Live a group of volunteers will take illegal class A drugs while monitored by medical experts, to explore the damaging impact that different addictive substances can have and examine their impact on the human body.

In four-part political thriller Coup, from writer Robert Jones, relationships between banks, government and big business come under the spotlight, while in darkly comic polemical drama series Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker investigates the impact of technology and communications on everyday life.

The announcements came out as Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham said the state-owned broadcaster had increased revenues by 12.6% to £953 million in 2010 and posted pretax profits of £49 million.

But he warned that the advertising forecast for 2011 was likely to be "near flat" as rival broadcaster ITV warned of lower than expected performance.