EXCLUSIVE: Masterpiece has boarded Alice & Jack, the Channel 4 TV series starring Andrea Riseborough and Domhnall Gleeson.
The PBS strand will air the show from Mad Men’s Victor Levin next year following a deal struck with distributor Fremantle. Lisa Honig and Lorenzo De Maio helped strike the deal.
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Alice & Jack stars Riseborough and Gleeson as the titular characters in what distributor Fremantle described as a “love story for the ages.” Logline adds: “When they first meet they’re bound by a connection so powerful it seems nothing can break it, but will their path lead them to a place of happiness and togetherness? Or will life and their own emotional complexities get in the way.”
Alice & Jack has been in the offing for years but was only announced last month, and it will premiere at TIFF tomorrow.
Upon its announcement, Gleeson said “the only work I’ve wanted to watch and do since the pandemic is work about connection and love, and work with a sense of humour.” He made the comment prior to the strikes.
Today, Masterpiece exec Susanne Simpson described the show as an “exceptionally beautiful and profound series that we are proud to add to our lineup.”
Honig, Senior EVP Distribution North America at Fremantle said “We’re honored to be premiering Alice & Jack at TIFF this weekend and that US audiences will be able to enjoy this rich, emotional and cinematic series on Masterpiece next year. It’s the perfect home for this high-quality drama that explores the complexities of love and features moving performances from award-winning actors Andrea Riseborough and Domhnall Gleeson.”
De Maio said: “Alice & Jack is an incredibly beautiful love story created by an exceptional team of storytellers, from Vic’s deeply touching scripts to the amazing producing team to Juho and Hong’s unique vision and the brilliant cast, led by Andrea and Domhnall. We are thrilled to have the show premiere at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival and to have its U.S. home with Masterpiece”.
Alice & Jack brings together major production companies in Academy Award-nominated Groundswell Productions, De Maio Entertainment, I Am Ruth maker Me + You Productions and Fremantle. Fremantle is also handling global sales.
Levin is creator and writer and Juho Kuosmanen, who co-wrote and directed 2021 Cannes Grand Prix co-winner Compartment 6, is lead director. Hong Khaou (Lilting) directs the second block of the series. Executive producers include Levin, Riseborough, Gleeson, Kuosmanen, Richard Yee and Krishnendu Majumdar for Me + You Productions, Michael London and Shannon Gaulding for Groundswell, Lorenzo De Maio for De Maio Entertainment, Rebecca Dundon and Hilary Martin for Fremantle. Tracy O’Riordan produces for Me + You Productions.
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