September 2nd. LONDON: Channel 4 will be home to the U.K. premiere broadcast of the four-hour miniseries Houdini, following a deal with Lionsgate Television.
The mini will make its U.K. debut later this month. Adrien Brody (The Pianist) stars as the famed illusionist in the piece, which debuted last night in the U.S. on HISTORY.
Peter Iacono, the managing director of international TV at Lionsgate, and Guy Avshalom, the COO Lionsgate UK, said “Houdini is the kind of premium programming that epitomizes the Lionsgate TV slate. We believe that Channel 4 is the perfect home for this television event, and we expect it to resonate with audiences in the U.K..”
Thanks for the head up on watching Houdini. I plan to see #2 tonight. I enjoyed it! Entertainment Weekly says it is the most watched "cable" miniseries of the year. You can't have every series become a blockbuster like Hatfield or The Bible:
Part one of Houdini garnered 3.7 million viewers last night, making it the most-viewed cable miniseries of this year. History Channel’s take on the storied magician chronicles his life of fame, espionage, and infamous stunts, and is based on the book Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait by Bernard C. Meyer.
Houdini’s premiere is a soft opening in comparison to the History Channel’s previous slate of miniseries, which have reached ratings peaks. In 2012, Hatfields & McCoys garnered 13.9 million viewers over a Memorial Day weekend, drawing one of the largest ratings in cable television, and in 2013, The Bible attracted 10.8 million viewers.