New premium drama channel BBC First will launch on Foxtel on August 3.
The BBC Worldwide channel, which will showcase the very best new British dramas and comedies in one place for the first time, will launch with a special box set screening of the cinematic blockbuster The Musketeers. The box set will be followed by a preview of the first episode of BAFTA award winning Peaky Blinders, starring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill, and the captivating single drama Burton and Taylor which earned Helena
Bonham Carter Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations and also stars Dominic West.
The Musketeers will also be screened as double episodes across five Sunday nights from August 10.
Natalie Edgar, Director of Television, BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand, said: “A Sunday launch gives us the chance to reach as many viewers as possible on our first day. We wanted to mark this exciting occasion with a very special line-up for viewers which gives them a real taste of the channel and delivers content to them in a way we know they like to enjoy it. We’re pleased to offer viewers the opportunity to watch all ten episodes of The Musketeersback to back, as well as give audiences a glimpse of the quality and breadth of drama on the channel which encompasses epic series to intimate one-offs, featuring top talent both in front of and behind the camera.
“Over the months ahead we will be offering viewers more opportunities to binge view by scheduling box sets of series and audiences’ will get the first chance to see premiere episodes of our biggest new programmes at 8.30pm.”
Latest acquisitions of major new BBC series for BBC First include two powerful contemporary dramas – The Honourable Woman starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, and the second series of The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. The Fall will be the first of many titles which will be shown on the channel is quick succession to their UK transmission.