UKTV Brings Gillian Anderson's 'Crisis' to British Viewers (Exclusive)

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Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Max Martini, Gillian Anderson, Rachael Taylor, Stevie Lynn Jones, Halston Sage, Lance Gross, Joshua Erenberg, Max Schneider, Michael Beach, James Lafferty, Max Martini
Team: Rand Ravich (Life), Far Shariat

When Washington's most powerful players are pulled into an international conspiracy, an unlikely puppeteer will bring everyone from CEOs to the President of the United States to their knees by threatening the things they hold most dear.

The multichannel network operator owned by BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive seals a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution for the first season.

LONDON – It's the right kind of Crisis for UKTV’s flagship pay entertainment channel Watch after it landed the highly anticipated Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney drama for British viewers.

The 13-episode series, acquired from 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, follows the abduction of several children of Washington D.C.'s most powerful players, including the president’s son. With some of the country’s most influential parents at the mercy of one vengeful mastermind, the question arises: How far would you go and what would you become to ensure your child’s safe return?

Steve Hornsey, general manager for Watch, described the show as "another irresistible U.K. premiere" for viewers here.

"Crisis captures the current enthusiasm for political intrigue in a fast-paced and dramatic character story, brought to life by a fantastic ensemble cast," Hornsey said.

Anderson (The X Files) plays the CEO of a conglomerate, whose daughter is part of the mass abduction while Rachael Taylor (666 Park Avenue) plays her long estranged sister, a government agent.

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Mulroney plays a chaperone on the ill-fated school trip who is also an ex-CIA field operative while Lance Gross (House of Payne) plays another agent.

Crisis airs on NBC in the U.S. and is set to premiere in the U.K. later this year.

Catherine Mackin, director of program acquisitions at UKTV, added: "I’m thrilled that we are continuing our successful partnership with 20th Century Fox and offering British viewers the chance to see highly anticipated content like Crisis ahead of other U.K. channels.”

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Steve Cornish, 20th Century Fox Television Distribution senior vp and managing director, said: Watch "is the perfect home for this roller-coaster ride of a TV show. Viewers better buckle up!"

Crisis was created by executive producer and writer Rand Ravich (Life). Far Shariat (I Love You Phillip Morris) and Phillip Noyce (Salt) also serve as executive producers.

UKTV reaches over 42 million viewers per month and is owned by BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive.