UK's Channel 5 and Acorn Tv commission detective drama "Ellis"

The series will feature an extended format: three episodes of 120 minutes each. It is a production by Company Pictures in association with All3Media International, which will also handle the show's representation outside the UK and Northern Ireland Screen.

7 FEB 2024

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UK's Channel 5 and Acorn TV commissioned a new feature-length detective series, "Ellis" (3 x 120') from Company Pictures, in association with All3Media International, which will also represent the show outside of the UK and Northern Ireland Screen. The three-part series will follow DCI Ellis, played by three-time Olivier Award winner Sharon D. Clarke, a tenacious cop parachuted into failing investigations. The show was ordered for Channel 5 by Sebastian Cardwell, Deputy Chief Content Officer, Paramount UK, and Paul Testar, Commissioning Editor, Drama, Channel 5 and Paramount+. Both also serve as executive producers for the series. Catherine Mackin, Managing Director of Acorn Media Enterprises (AME), commissioned the series for Acorn TV and executive produces alongside Bea Tammer, AME's Director of Development. Executive producers for Company Pictures are Michele Buck and Lucy Raffety, with producer Chris Martin and writers Paul Logue and Sian Ejiwunmi-Le Berre.

"Ellis" is set to begin filming this spring in Northern Ireland and will air on Channel 5 and Acorn TV later this year. On this exciting new commission for Channel 5, Sebastian Cardwell, Deputy Chief Content Officer, Paramount UK, comments: "'Ellis' is a brilliant addition to our scripted slate, and we are thrilled to be working with the teams at Acorn TV and Company Pictures on this gripping new series. I can't wait to see the incredible Sharon D. Clarke bring DCI Ellis to life," they said.

Catherine Mackin, Managing Director, Acorn Media Enterprises (Acorn TV), shares: "Acorn TV is known for compelling, intriguing, and invigorating detective dramas, and 'Ellis' delivers on every note. We are elated to have found our ideal DCI in the incomparable Sharon D. Clarke, and we are excited to work with both Channel 5 and Company Pictures again," said.

Michele Buck, CEO of Company Pictures (an All3Media company), adds: "Company Pictures are proud and delighted to be creating a new detective series for Channel 5 and Acorn with funding from Northern Ireland Screen, in association with All3Media International. Sharon D. Clarke is the perfect DCI Ellis, who will bring her inimitable talents to this inventive and powerful new female-led detective series," said.

David Swetman, SVP of Content and Commercial Strategy at All3Media International, also comments: "We're delighted to be distributing this new crime series from Company Pictures. Following the investigations of the enigmatic DCI Ellis will be a delight for audiences around the world," said.