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20 January 2023

Desperate Measures pre-sold worldwide

Channel 5 drama Desperate Measures, produced by Clapperboard, has been acquired by SBS Australia, TVNZ in New Zealand, while in Europe, Virgin Media Television Ireland, TV4 in Sweden and MTV3 in Finland have all licensed the 4-part show.

Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Mr Selfridge) stars as Rowan, a diligent, hardworking single mother who turns to a daring heist in an attempt to save her son from a local drug lord. Alongside Abington, Desperate Measures stars Warren Brown (The Responder, Trigger Point) Sunetra Sarker (Casualty, Ackley Bridge) and Francis Magee (Game of Thrones).

“Though the lengths to which Rowan goes are quite extraordinary, this is a story of a mother doing whatever it takes to protect her son; a truly universal theme that audiences anywhere can relate to,” says Lucy Roberts, Director of Sales, Western Europe at Eccho Rights.

The action thriller is set for premiere in Q1 2023 in the UK.