Independent distributor all3media International has shipped Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime to NHK Japan.
The deal is one of a number of acquisitions worldwide for the prime time drama series, which made its debut on BBC One this summer.
NHK Japan will launch the series of six one-hour episodes this autumn on the main NHK terrestrial channel. Further global acquisitions have been concluded with ABC (Australia), Sky Network (New Zealand) and BBC Global Channels (pan-Africa). In Europe, the drama has also been signed by TV2 (Norway), TV4 (Sweden), DR TV (Denmark), RUV (Iceland), HRT (Croatia), VRT (Flemish Belgium) and Ale Kino (Poland).
From Hilary Bevan Jones' Endor Productions and Agatha Christie Productions, Partners in Crime is a classic whodunnit starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine. It launched on BBC One with overnights of 6.4 million and a 29% share – with a consolidated figure, including time-shift and catch-up, of 7.95 million.
Stephen Driscoll, SVP sales at all3media International, said: "We are delighted to announce such a strong cast of major broadcasters for this prestigious new crime drama. As one of the first international broadcasters to air the series after the BBC premiere, NHK will give fans of Agatha Christie in Japan a wonderful new series to delight and enthral. Japan is Christie heartland in terms of a fan-base for the author and this show will introduce a further generation to her work."
Junko Fukano, senior producer of NHK Japan, commented: "We are delighted that we can broadcast this wonderful show in Japan. Agatha Christie's dramas have attracted a strong Japanese following, so we believe it will be hugely popular among Christie fans, and hope that it will bring even more audiences to NHK."
Set in 1950s Britain, Partners in Crime is based on two of Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence novels: N or M? and The Secret Adversary. Walliams and Raine star as amateur detectives Tommy and Tuppence, who stumble into a world of murder, undercover agents and Soviet conspiracies.