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Canada's national public broadcaster, CBC, has licensed the emotional family drama series, Butterfly, which centres on issues of transgender.

butterfly 23Nov2018Created and penned by BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Tony Marchant, the drama follows the story of an 11-year old boy who makes the life-changing decision of wanting to live life as a girl.

Butterfly also examines the complex relationship between separated parents. Vicky (Anna Friel) and Stephen (Emmett J. Scanlan) are divided in opinion over how to support their youngest child, Max (Callum Booth-Ford). From a young age, Max has identified as a girl but has tried to suppress these feelings to earn Stephen’s approval.

The deal with Fremantle Media will see the miniseries launch on CBC in late winter 2019.

“Butterfly is an incredibly raw and emotive drama that tackles the difficult issues surrounding gender dysphoria,” said Michela Di Mondo, SVP, Distribution, Canada, International, Fremantle. “We are proud to be partnering with CBC to bring the drama to Canada and are confident viewers will be moved by the standout story and the powerful performances from the outstanding cast.”

Jenna Bourdeau, senior director, Acquisitions, CBC, added: "With its nuanced approach to such a timely and intimate story, Butterfly is a wonderful example of the type of best-in-class international content that CBC is seeking in its acquisitions. We are proud to share this relevant drama with our audiences."

Butterfly was commissioned by ITV and produced by RED Production Company and AENON.