Sky Arts signs up for HBO's 'In Treatment'

Gabriel Byrne drama will air nightly beginning in October

LONDON -- In a change from its more customary lineup of arts and performance programming, BSkyB's Sky Arts channel has picked up rights to HBO's Gabriel Byrne drama "In Treatment," it was announced Monday.

Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 1 HD will air the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning show nightly from October, screening 30-minute time slots each weeknight, aimed at mirroring each daily session of Maryland-based screen therapist Paul Weston (played by Byrne) in real time, as well as Weston's weekly appointment with his own therapist.

A full repeat omnibus will also be screened on Sundays at 10 p.m.

Sky Arts channel director John Cassy said the channel was giving viewers the chance to see the show "the way it deserves to be seen," describing the show as "quite literally, addictive."

"An innovative format, tightly written and compelling characterization leave you devouring one episode after another. We'll be showing it the way it deserves to be seen -- from the way it's scheduled to the quality of the high definition," he added.

Sophie Turner-Laing, managing director of Entertainment and News at BSkyB said the show was ideal for Sky Arts because of its "uniquely theatrical format."