Baghdad Central goes global

1 June 2020

Fremantle has sold Channel 4’s Iraq war drama series Baghdad Central in almost 90 territories.

Fremantle-owned Euston Films’ six-part drama has been picked up by French/German broadcaster Arte along with Spanish pay-TV operation Movistar+, which has also acquired The Investigation and Salisbury poisonings as part of a package.

Arte will air the series across its networks in European French and German-speaking territories including France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Other deals include Canada’s CBC, Brazil’s Globoplay and Russia’s IVI.

The series has already aired on SVoD Hulu in the US, Australia’s SBS and StarzPlay across the Middle East and north Africa.

Starring Bertie Carvel and Waleed Zuaiter, the series is set in Iraq in 2003 and follows Iraqi ex-policeman Muhsin al-Khafaji, who loses his job and home and is arrested and tortured after being mistaken for someone else.

In the UK, it aired to a consolidated average audience of 500,000 (3.6%) in a Monday 10pm slot in February.

“Baghdad Central is an authentic and compelling crime thriller,” said Al De Azpiazu, Fremantle’s Senior Vice President of sales and distribution for French-speaking Europe.

“The gripping storyline is told through a unique perspective that we don’t often see on TV and bought to life by an incredible international cast.”