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Currently enjoying critical acclaim at the start of its run on the BBC, Red Arrow’s historical procedural crime series Vienna Blood has now been picked up by PBS in the US.
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The six-part crime drama, written by acclaimed screenwriter Steve Thompson (Sherlock, Deep State) is based on the best-selling Liebermann novels by Frank Tallis. Set in the grand cafes and opera houses of 1900s Vienna, it tells the tale of English doctor Max Liebermann studying under Sigmund Freud who comes into contact with Austrian detective inspector Oskar Rheinhardt who is struggling with a strange case. Liebermann offers his assistance with his skills of perception and forensics, and his deep understanding of human behaviour and deviance helping to solve some of Vienna’s most mysterious and deadly cases.

The series is produced by Endor Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, and MR Film for Germany’s ZDF and Austria’s ORF. Other funding partners include Televisionfund Austria, TV-Filmfund Vienna and Niederoesterreich Kultur. Red Arrow Studios International has led the co-financing of the series, and is the international distributor.

The PBS deal will see six 60-minute episodes to be released in the US in early 2020 on the core PBS channel, the PBS Masterpiece Prime video channel and Passport. “At PBS, we love bringing dramas, rich in texture and intrigue, to our audiences, and we’re delighted to add this series to our line-up,” said the US firm’s vice president of programme scheduling Maria Bruno Ruiz. “Vienna Blood is a compelling whodunit that captivated us from the start. Our viewers will find themselves transported to turn-of-the-century Vienna, working to uncover the mystery alongside Max Liebermann and Oskar Rheinhardt, at a time when conventional thinking is being challenged and new discoveries are being made. We think that Vienna Blood will become a new audience favourite.”

Red Arrow Studios International president Bo Stehmeier added: “We are delighted that PBS has acquired this bold and ambitious drama, which is starting to build momentum with buyers around the world, including in the UK. We are sure US viewers will be captivated by the gripping storylines, compelling cast and sumptuous backdrop of Vienna.”

The programme's UK premiere attracted large audiences to BBC Two when it aired on 18 November. With 1.8 million viewers, the series topped the channel’s average slot share of 1.1 million by 63% and increased the market share by over 50% (9.2% over 6.0%), making it BBC Two’s second top-rated drama of the year. The series also premieres on ORF2 in Austria on 20 December 2019.