Tubi has secured BBC’s upcoming dramedy Boarders in a deal with All3Media International. The series will debut on the platform in North America in the first quarter of 2024.
Boarders is written by BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Daniel Lawrence Taylor. The series follows the lives of five talented Black teenagers from inner-city London who are awarded a scholarship to St. Gilberts, one of Britain’s oldest and most prestigious boarding schools. Taylor plays the role of a mentor to the boys.
The six-part series will debut on Tubi in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Latin America in the first quarter of 2024 as part of the streamer’s goal to bring a variety of global programs to the platform. With this move, boarders will gain a considerable portion of the global market, expanding its reach to grow its audience.
“We’re dedicated to telling compelling stories from all over the world and we know our highly engaged viewers will love the world and characters that Daniel has created just as much as we do,” said Sam Harowitz, vice president of content acquisitions and partnerships at Tubi, in a statement.
Boarders will also air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.
The show is described as a funny and high-energy drama. Taylor says Boarders is “jam-packed” with a slew of new talents in front of and behind the camera that helped create a series with humor, “pathos, and straight-up joy.”
“I’m beyond excited that Tubi is bringing Boarders to North America,” said Taylor. “This is a quintessentially British coming-of-age school show with big universal themes of belonging, achievement, first crushes, forging friendships, and awkward sexual encounters that will hit home as hard for the North American audiences as much as it does for us Brits.”
Taylor wrote the show along with Emma Dennis-Edwards, Yemi Oyefuwa, and Ryan Calais Cameron. The series stars Josh Tedeku (Supacell, A Town Called Malice), Jodie Campbell (Bulletproof, No Return), and Myles Kamwendo (The School for Good and Evil), as well as Sekou Diaby and Aruna Jalloh, who make their on-screen doubts.
He will appear in the show along with Derek Riddell (Happy Valley, Gentleman Jack), Nike Wardley (Queen of Oz, The Catherine Tate Show), Harry Gilby (Tolkien), Tallulah Greive (Our Ladies, Cinderella), Rosie Graham (The School for Good and Evil, Sanditon), Georgina Sadler (The A List), and Assa Kanoute, also in her debut role.
Ethosheia Hylton (African Queens, Sanditon) and Sarmad Masud (You Don’t Know Me, Bulletproof) direct.
Image credit: All3Media International