×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Hulu Pacts with BBC for ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Fawlty Towers’ and Other Brit TV Fare

About 2,000 episodes from 144 titles will come to Hulu Plus subscription-video service

Hulu is bulking up its subscription biz for Anglophiles, in a multiyear pact with BBC Worldwide North America that will add 2,000 episodes to Hulu Plus.

The 144 BBC titles covered under the deal will give Hulu Plus one of the largest collections of British imports in the U.S., including: “Doctor Who,” “Top Gear,” “Fawlty Towers,” and “Blackadder.”

SEE ALSO: Hulu Pledges to Double Originals, Acquisitions

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Agreement is not exclusive to Hulu; BBC has streaming deals in the States with Netflix and Amazon.com as well.

For Hulu, a joint venture of Comcast’s NBCUniversal, 21st Century Fox and Walt Disney Co., the new BBC deal is part of a larger attempt for the Internet TV company to boost its base of paying subscribers, which is now north of 4 million. Hulu’s parent companies were in the process of evaluating bids for the JV before they reverse course this summer and announced they would invest $750 million to expand programming and personnel.

Starting Wednesday, Hulu Plus subscribers can start streaming “Doctor Who” and spinoffs “The Sarah Jane Adventures” and “Torchwood,” as well as natural history and nonfiction programming including “Blue Planet” and Richard Hammond’s “Crash Course.”

This fall, the Internet TV service will add “Top Gear,” “Sherlock,” “MI-5” and “Luther”; comedies including “Fawlty Towers,” “Twenty Twelve” and “Blackadder”; sci-fi series “Bedlam,” “Red Dwarf” and “Primeval”; and natural history shows including selections from David Attenborough’s “Life in the…” series. In addition, other titles like “Upstairs, Downstairs,” “Wallander” and “Bleak House” will be available.

Additional series will roll out throughout the year, ultimately giving Hulu Plus subscribers access to more than 2,000 episodes of new and library BBC Worldwide titles. A subset of the BBC library will rotate through the free Hulu.com service.

“Hulu has enjoyed a strong collaboration with BBC Worldwide North America, from international co-productions to breakthrough exclusive shows that have been embraced in the U.S. by extremely passionate audiences,” Andy Forssell, acting CEO and senior VP of content for Hulu, said in a statement. “By adding this expansive collection of premium BBC Worldwide programming, Hulu Plus solidifies its role as a top streaming platform for the best British programming available in the U.S.”

Hulu and BBC Worldwide North America started their relationship in 2010. Since then, Hulu has exclusively offered U.K. programming such as “Misfits,” “Moone Boy,” “The Thick of It,” “Rev.” and “Pramface.” In addition, Hulu and the BBC have co-produced the fourth season of “The Thick of It” and the upcoming Hulu original “The Wrong Mans.”

The deal with Hulu was brokered via Beth Clearfield, senior VP of digital distribution for BBC Worldwide North America.

BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corp. whose operations include BBC America and BBC.com.

Watch the Hulu trailer for the BBC content:

More TV

  • Supergirl -- "Crisis on Infinite Earths:

    'Crisis on Infinite Earths' Recap: A 'Titans' Cameo and a Fallen Hero

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One,” the premiere of the 2019 “Arrowverse” crossover. Bringing “Crisis on Infinite Earths” to the small screen has been years in the making, so it’s no surprise the epic five-part crossover kicked off with plenty of action on Sunday night [...]

  • Supergirl -- "Crisis on Infinite Earths:

    'Arrowverse' Team on 'Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One' Loss and Crossover Stakes (SPOILERS)

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One,” the premiere of the 2019 “Arrowverse” crossover event on the CW. The “Arrowverse” “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover kicked off with a bang: Oliver Queen aka the Green Arrow’s (Stephen Amell) death. With “Crisis” finally here, Harbinger (Audrey Marie [...]

  • Caroll Spinney & The Grouch36th Annual

    Caroll Spinney: Henson Family, 'Sesame Street' Colleagues Salute Muppet Performer

    Caroll Spinney, the puppet performer behind “Sesame Street’s” indelible Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, was remembered by friends and colleagues as a gifted artist who dedicated his professional life to the show’s mission of educating pre-schoolers. Spinney died Sunday at his home in Connecticut at the age of 85. He limned the Big Bird [...]

  • Rene Auberjonois at the International Myeloma

    René Auberjonois, 'Star Trek' and 'Boston Legal' Actor, Dies at 79

    René Auberjonois, best known for his roles in “Boston Legal” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” died at his home in Los Angeles due to metastatic lung cancer. He was 79. His son Rèmy-Luc confirmed the news to the Associated Press. Auberjonois was a prolific television actor, appearing as Paul Lewiston in 71 episodes of [...]

  • Caroll Spinney, with "Oscar the Grouch,"

    Caroll Spinney, Puppeteer Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Dies at 85

    Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for 49 years at “Sesame Street,” died Sunday in Connecticut after living with dystonia. He was 85. Sesame Workshop announced his death, calling him an “artistic genius” whose “legacy here at Sesame Workshop and in the cultural firmament will be unending.” Spinney’s death [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content