20 MAR 2024

Channel 4 acquires "After The Party" from ITV Studios

It´s a critically acclaimed six-part thrilling drama based in Aotearoa/New Zealand starring Peter Mullan and Robyn Malcolm. The title is produced by Australian company Lingo Pictures.

20 MAR 2024

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Channel 4 is to own the UK rights to air "After The Party" from  Australian company Lingo Pictures and the New Zealand company Luminous Beast. It´s a new critically acclaimed six-part thrilling drama based in Aotearoa/New Zealand about a woman who loses everything when she accuses her husband of a sex crime against her daughter’s teenage friend and no one believes her. The show was made in association with and distributed by ITV Studios who brokered the dea and it will be available soon to stream and watch live on Channel 4

Penny Wilding played by Robyn Malcolm ("Outrageous" "Fortune", "Black Bird", "Top of the Lake"), is a science teacher, basketball coach, environmental activist, mother and grandmother. Penny tells it like it is, whether she’s waging graffiti attacks on fishing boats, lecturing teenage boys on how porn will destroy their sex lives or laying her middle-aged body bare for life-drawing artists. Her attitude wins her few friends in her close-knit coastal town of Wellington, and Penny’s fine with that. But five years ago, Penny’s world imploded when she accused her husband Phil played by Peter Mullan ("The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Westworld", "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1") of a sex crime and nobody believed her. When Penny’s now ex-husband returns to town, her daughter pressures her to let go of her accusations and move on.

From award-winning producers Lingo Pictures ("The Secrets She Keeps", "Lambs of God, and Upright"), part of ITV Studios, and  the New Zealand based Luminous Beast, "After The Party" has been acquired by Channel 4’s Head of Acquisitions, Polly Scates: it´s an original commission for TVNZ in New Zealand.

Helen Bowden, Producer stated that the show found the perfect home: “Channel 4 is the perfect place for After the Party to screen in the UK.  It’s the home of bold, authentic drama and Lingo Pictures and Luminous Beast are thrilled at this news," said.

Polly Scates, Head of Acquisitions at Channel 4 estimated that the series will captivate audiences until the end: “We’re thrilled that Channel 4 will be the UK home of After the Party. Full of twists, turns and stunning performances, this important series is sure to keep audiences guessing and stay with them long after the final episode," noted.