UKTV, Britain’s biggest multichannel network today announced it has acquired series one and two of The Heart Guy for its leading non-PSB channel, Drama, following a deal with FremantleMedia International.
The smash-hit Australian medical drama, which aired first on Nine Network in Australia, stars Rodger Corser (Glitch, Doctor Blake Mysteries), Nicole da Silva (Wentworth Prison, Rush) and Ryan Johnson (Home and Away) and will premiere in the UK on Thursday 5 April, 9pm on Drama.
The series follows Doctor Hugh Knight, a rising star in the Sydney heart surgery ranks, who is gifted, charmed, hedonistic and infallible, until his world comes crashing down. Banned from surgery and forced to only work as a local doctor, he retreats to his hometown but finds that it’s not the country escape he had in mind. And that’s before he even starts seeing patients.
Emma Sparks, UKTV’s head of acquisitions, said: “We are delighted to extend our relationship with Fremantle. The Heart Guy launched to an outstanding reception in Australia and we are excited to be bringing the charming characters of Whyhope to the UK.”
Jamie Lynn, Executive Vice President, Head of Sales and Distribution, EMEA, FremantleMedia International added “I am delighted to be partnering with UKTV and its leading Drama channel on this international hit series. Not only is it a huge domestic success in its native Australia, but The Heart Guy has become a global hit for FremantleMedia International. I have no doubt it will find a big, dedicated audience and make a lasting impression on UK viewers.”
The Heart Guy premiered in Australia on Network Nine where it is titled Doctor Doctor and has recently been renewed for a third series. The series is produced by Easy Tiger, in which FremantleMedia own a majority stake, with support of Screen Australia and Screen NSW. The series is distributed internationally by FremantleMedia International (FMI).