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Portman sells trio of series to NBC U

U.K. distributor deals 'Doc Martin,' others

CANNES — U.K. distributor Portman Film & Television, part of the Digital Rights Group, has sold three high-profile dramas to NBC Universal Global Networks.

The deal includes the fourth season of award-winning comedy-drama “Doc Martin,” a hit for U.K. terrestrial web ITV1, starring Martin Clues as a maverick medic.

Also featured in the package are the fourth season of Stephen Fry vehicle “Kingdom,” in which the thesp plays a small-time legal eagle, and the third season of action-adventure skein “Sea Patrol.”

Said Mark Lawrence, director of global program acquisitions at NBC Universal Global Networks: “We’ve had great success across our channels with these three splendid dramas. They each have strong appeal across a wide demographic.”

Additionally, Portman has sold critically acclaimed psychological thriller “Criminal Justice” to broadcasters in New Zealand (TVNZ), Holland (NPB), France (Zen Prods.), Israel (Yes DBS), Sweden (SvT), Norway (NRK), Finland (YLE), Canada (Superchannel) and Iceland (RUV).

The show aired in Blighty on BBC flagship web BBC1 earlier this year, when it was stripped over five consecutive nights.