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Universal Channel UK Acquires Unique New Drama ‘Motive’


We’ve just received news that the Universal Channel has secured the UK premiere of the distinctive new crime drama, Motive, following a deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution.

Motive follows spirited female homicide detective, Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman), who matches wits with killers in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.  In an unconventional approach to crime story-telling, each episode begins by revealing not only the victim, but the killer as well.  As the mystery unfolds – winding between revealing flashbacks and present time – viewers are drawn into the minds of the criminal and navigate the complicated maze of each case, solving the murder alongside Detective Angie Flynn and her team.

Due to launch in the US on ABC later this month, Motive premiered on Canada’s CTV in February with 1.23 million viewers to become the number one Canadian series premiere of the 2012/13 broadcast year. James Newton, Channel Director, Universal Channel, said:

Motive puts a distinctive reverse twist on the procedural crime drama, with each episode piecing together the clues of a murder to reveal not only who committed the crime, but why. As we prepare to take Universal Channel into the next exciting phase of its development, we’re confident that viewers will love the combination of compelling characters, intrigue and action found in Motive.”

Motive stars Kristin Lehman (The Killing) as Detective Angie Flynn, alongside Louis Ferreira (Stargate Universe) as Detective Oscar Vega, and Lauren Holly (NCIS) as Dr. Betty Rogers. It’s produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions in association with Bell Media.

Executive producers are Daniel Cerone (Dexter, The Mentalist), with Louise Clark, Rob Merilees, Erin Haskett, Rob LaBelle, Lindsay Macadam and James Thorpe.

Keep an eye out on the Universal Channel for future updates!


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