‘Angel’ flies to U.K.’s Five

Network buys rights to third, fourth seasons

LONDON — Twentieth Century Fox Television has sold “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” spinoff “Angel,” created by Joss Whedon, to U.K. commercial web Five.

Deal gives Five first U.K. terrestrial transmission rights to the third and fourth series, as well as an option on future series. Channel 4 picked up terrestrial TV rights to the first and second series, while satcaster Sky One took pay TV rights.

Series will be broadcast at 8 p.m. starting June 2.

“Earlier this week the series was picked up for a fifth season by the WB network, so Five can plan to establish the series as one of its key primetime appointments,” said Steve Cornish, senior VP sales at 20th.

The buy follows Five’s acquisition of “Alias” last week. Five also has a feature film package with Fox that includes “Planet of the Apes” and “Moulin Rouge.”

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