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BBC America takes aim on ‘Musketeers’

Series set to preem in 2014

BBC America is set to co-produce “The Musketeers” with BBC1.

The series, based on the classic Alexandre Dumas novel, will be written by “My Week With Marilyn” scribe Adrian Hodges. Set to premiere in 2014, “The Musketeers” will air in 10 hourly installments under the cabler’s Dramaville format.

Net is readying the second season of “The Hour,” with Dominic West, Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw reprising their roles. Skein, about a British current affairs show in 1956, is written by Abi Morgan (“The Iron Lady”) and will return in November.

Up next, however, is the series premiere of “Copper,” from Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana and Will Rokos. Skein is the first scripted series created exclusively for BBC America (many shows run in the U.K. first and then come to the States), about New York City cops in the late 1800s. “Copper” debuts at 10 p.m. on Aug. 19.

In other Dramaville developments, “The Spies of Warsaw” will air sometime in the fall. Cabler also announced that the second season of reality series “Richard Hammond’s Crash Course” will premiere in October.

BBC America g.m. Perry Simon said the network is now in nearly 80 million homes and ratings have increased 28% from a year ago.

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