Showtime, C4 pair up for drama

Cabler, net head to 'Meadowlands'

Showtime and U.K.-based Channel 4 have teamed with producer Ecosse Films on “Meadowlands,” an original weekly drama about a family in the witness protection program.

Eight-episode series stars David Morrissey (“State of Play”) and Lucy Cohu (“The Queen’s Sister”) as the heads of the Brogan family, who are moved to the seemingly picturesque neighborhood Meadowlands to begin a new life, only to realize that their safe haven isn’t as secure as they’d thought.

“Meadowlands” will bow on Showtime next summer. Production begins this month in England.

Project reps the first time Showtime has partnered with another network to co-finance an original one-hour. (Upcoming period drama “The Tudors,” toplining Jonathan Rhys Meyers as a young King Henry VIII, is a co-production between Showtime, Working Title and Ben Silverman’s Reveille.)

“This show is sexy, mysterious, provocative and filled with original characters, all of which dovetail with our premium mandate,” said Showtime entertainment prexy Robert Greenblatt.

Ecosse principal Matthew Alridge and scribe Robert Murphy created the series. Exec producers are Douglas Rae and Alridge. Duane Clark (“CSI”) will direct.

Ecosse produced the long-running U.K. skein “Monarch of the Glen.” Company’s feature credits include “Mrs. Brown,” “Charlotte Gray” and upcoming Miramax release “Becoming Jane.” RDF’s Pangea Management Group brokered the deal with Showtime.

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