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U.K.’s Ch. 4 commissions drama from Oz

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Britain’s Channel 4 has commissioned its first-ever long-running Australian TV drama, “The Secret Life of Us,” from production house Southern Star, which will produce the 22-hour series for the U.K. broadcaster in partnership with CanWest-backed Network Ten and Cable & Wireless’ Oz feevee operator Optus.

The show exemplifies Southern Star’s move away from deficit financing TV dramas, owing to sagging European demand for imported independent primetime dramas, in favor of producing with partners.

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