“Merlin,” a Shine production for the BBC, sold to Canuck network CTV at Mipcom on Wednesday.
NBC has already bought the show, an action-fantasy that focuses on the teenage Prince Arthur (Bradley James) before he became king and the young wizard Merlin (Colin Morgan). John Hurt provides the voice of the Great Dragon.
It debuted on the BBC in the U.K. last month, garnering 7.15 million viewers, making it the most-watched drama series of the week in the U.K.
The 13-part, one-hour drama will bow midseason on CTV, alongside CTV’s other midseason shows “Lost,” “American Idol” and “Dancing With the Stars.”
FremantleMedia Enterprises inves-ted in the series and holds world rights to the show outside the U.K.
Also at Mipcom, BBC Worldwide Australia announced that it has concluded deals with Kiwi commercial web Prime for car series “Top Gear,” which has been airing on the network since 2004.
In addition, BBC Worldwide inked a deal with Kiwi pubcaster TVNZ for a slew of programming.
TVNZ has picked up the new dramas “Whitechapel” from Carnival Films, “The Children” from Tightrope Prods. and “Sleep With Me” from Clerkenwell Films. The network has also bought the returning series “Primeval” from Impossible Pictures, the fifth season of “New Tricks” from Wall to Wall, “Hotel Babylon” from Carnival, plus “Mistresses” and “Silent Witness.”