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BBC America acquires rights to ‘Tudors’

Former Showtime drama to make basic cable debut

“The Tudors” will revive its reign on BBC America, which has acquired rights to the Showtime series from CBS Television Distribution.

Starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, “The Tudors” will make its basic cable premiere when it launches Jan. 16 on BBC America in a marathon of episodes from its first two seasons. Regular timeslot will be at 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

In all, BBC America acquired 38 episodes of the drama, created by Michael Hirst. “The Tudors” concluded its Showtime run June 20.

The wives of Rhys-Meyers’ Henry VIII were played by Maria Doyle Kennedy, Natalie Dormer, Anita Briem, Annabelle Wallis, Joss Stone, Tamzin Merchant and Joely Richardson.

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