Series stars Jonathan La Paglia, Sophie Okonedo

LONDON — The BBC has snapped up U.K. TV rights to “The Slap,” an eight-part skein based on Christos Tsiolkas’ bestseller.

Show, made by Matchbox Pictures for ABC TV Australia, backed by NBCUniversal, will air on BBC4, which introduced such high-end acquisitions as “Mad Men” and “The Killing” to U.K. auds.

“The Slap,” starring Jonathan La Paglia, Sophie Okonedo, Melissa George, Essie Davis and Alex Dimitriades, is a story of racial, sexual and class politics set in contempo Australia.

Novel starts when a man slaps a child who is not his son, and goes on to track the ensuring fall-out this incident causes family and friends.

BBC program acquisition topper Sue Deeks said: ” ‘The Slap’ is a phenomenon, one of those books that everyone seems to be reading.

“This fine Australian adaptation brings the novel’s keen-eyed dissection of suburban living to the screen with tremendous performances. It is a truly powerful, compelling and thought-provoking watch.”

“The Slap” is distributed by DCD Rights.

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