Viacom’s U.K. Network Channel 5 Acquires Ben Kingsley Drama ‘Tut’

Viacom-owned free-TV U.K. channel Channel 5 has acquired the exclusive U.K. rights to Spike’s epic drama “Tut,” which represents its most significant acquisition from one of its U.S. sister networks since its takeover by Viacom last year.

The six-hour miniseries, shot entirely on location in Morocco, tells the story of the rise to power of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisers, friends and lovers scheme to advance their own interests.

The miniseries stars Ben Kingsley as Vizier Ay, the prime minister of the Egyptian Empire, and introduces emerging young actor Avan Jogia in the title role of Tut. The cast also includes Sibylla Deen (“Tyrant”), Alexander Siddig (“Game of Thrones”), Kylie Bunbury (“Under the Dome”), Peter Gadiot (“Matador”), Iddo Goldberg (“Salem”) and Nonso Anozie (“Zoo”).

The show is produced by Muse Entertainment and distributed by Muse Distribution Intl. It will premiere in the U.S. on Spike on July 19, with its U.K. premiere following shortly after.

The acquisition further strengthens links between Channel 5 and Spike in the U.S. with the two Viacom-owned channels having closely collaborated on the launch of Spike in the U.K., which debuted in April as the latest addition to Channel 5’s portfolio of channels.

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