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BBC wins ‘Damages’

Legal drama to air on network next year

LONDON — The BBC is poised to air a U.S. series in the peak time schedule of flagship web, BBC1, for the first time since sci-fi hit “The X Files.”

The Corp has bought U.K. rights to Sony Pictures TV’s legal saga “Damages,” which stars Glenn Close as a New York lawyer and was a summer hit for FX.

“BBC1 is the perfect place for such a taut and intelligent series,” BBC head of acquisition Sue Deeks said.

“Think of John Grisham’s ‘The Firm’ crossed with ‘Murder One’ and you’ll get the idea of just how good ‘Damages’ is.”

Acquisition of “Damages,” to air next year, follows the success of superhero skein “Heroes” on sister channel, BBC2, which netted almost five million viewers for its debut episode.

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