TNT is partnering with the U.K.’s Channel 4 for comedic drama “Foreign Bodies,” the networks announced Wednesday. The eight-episode series centers around a group of young adults who venture across China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Hailing from Entertainment One and Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson’s production shingle Eleven, “Foreign Bodies” will launch on U.K. network E4 in early 2017, and will make its U.S. debut later in the year on TNT.
Actor and comedic writer Tom Basden created the series and will write alongside James Wood, Amy Roberts, Loren McLaughlin, Charlie Covell, Tim Key and Jonny Sweet, with director Jonathan van Tulleken helming the first batch of episodes. eOne will handle worldwide rights to the series outside of the U.K., with EVP of global production Carrie Stein overseeing the series. The show was commissioned for Channel 4 by Piers Wenger and Roberto Troni.
“Foreign Bodies” follows a motley gang of travelers embarking on a three-month trip around Asia. British lads Sean (Ade Oyefeso) and Dylan (Anders Hayward) meet American girls May (Alice Lee) and Ashley (Brittney Wilson) in Beijing and opt to undergo the first leg of their travels together. But they soon find that their journey takes them much further than any of them expected.
“‘Foreign Bodies’ is a terrific opportunity for TNT to work with eOne, Eleven and E4 on a series that will appeal to young adults not only in the U.S. and the U.K. but also around the globe,” said Sarah Aubrey, EVP of original programming for TNT. “It’s also a great chance to bring Tom Basden’s unique voice to our stateside viewers.”
TNT recently ordered 10 episodes of horror anthology revival “Tales From the Crypt,” exec produced by M. Night Shyamalan, and gave a pilot order to another anthology series from the producer, “Time of Death.”