Channel 4 has snapped up the UK premiere of Fargo, a 10-part television series inspired by the classic film of the same title.
The series, which stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks, will air on Channel 4 “shortly after” it’s US debut in April
Thornton plays Lorne Malvo, a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Freeman).
Hanks plays Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a police officer when he comes face-to-face with a killer.
Rounding out the colourful cast of recurring characters is Emmy-winner Bob Odenkirk as Deputy Bill Olson, a Bemidji deputy with seniority over his younger, smarter and more ambitious fellow deputy, Molly Solverson, played by Allison Tolman and Emmy-nominated Oliver Platt as Stavros Milos, the Supermarket King of Minnesota.
Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt said: “Fargo is a perfect Channel 4 show – a dark comedy, beautifully directed with a stunning cast. We are excited to be bringing it to a British audience.”
“We are so happy to have Channel 4 as our broadcast partner in the UK and are thrilled to have been part of the team that brought Fargo to life. We look forward to introducing it to audiences worldwide,” added Chris Ottinger, President, International Television Distribution & Acquisitions, MGM.