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BBC Buys ‘Suits’ Following Smash Year On Netflix

The BBC has acquired Suits, the smash legal drama that was the most-watched show on Netflix last year.

The corporation has acquired a trio of titles from NBCUniversal Global TV Distribution for BBC iPlayer including St. Denis Medical and The Best Man: The Final Chapters.

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Set in a New York City law firm, Suits stars Patrick J. Adams (Old School) as Mike Ross, who uses his photographic memory to talk his way into a job as an associate working for successful ‘closer’ Harvey Spector, played by Gabriel Macht (Love & Other Drugs). The show featured Meghan Markle in earlier seasons.

Suits was picked up by Netflix last year and gained a huge following, racking up 57.7 billion minutes of viewing — the highest year-end total for streaming U.S. ratings body Nielsen had ever recorded. Suits used to air in the UK on UKTV network Dave. It is unclear whether the show will continue airing on Netflix in the UK.

Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, said: “This is a really exciting and enjoyable trio of star-studded series:  the hotly-anticipated comedy, St. Denis Medical, the sassy, romantic comedy-drama, The Best Man: The Final Chapters, and the smart and stylish legal drama, Suits.  We couldn’t be more delighted to bring them all to BBC viewers.”

St. Denis Medical is a new NBC workplace comedy set in an underfunded and understaffed Oregon hospital. At St. Denis Medical Centre, the dedicated doctors and nurses are trying their best to treat patients whilst maintaining their own sanity.  The series stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Allison Tolman (Fargo), Josh Lawson (Superstore), Mekki Leeper (The Sex Lives of College Girls), Kaliko Kauahi (Superstore), Kahyun Kim (9-1-1), and David Alan Grier (The Color Purple).

Based on the eponymous Universal film franchise written and directed by Malcom D. Lee, Peacock’s The Best Man: The Final Chapters catches up with Harper (Taye Diggs, All American), Robyn (Sanaa Lathan, Succession), Jordan (Nia Long, NCIS: Los Angeles), Lance (Morris Chestnut, Rosewood), Quentin (Terrence Howard, Empire), Shelby (Melissa De Sousa, Our Kind of People), Candace (Regina Hall Nine Perfect Strangers), and Murch (Harold Perrineau, The Rookie). The series explores how each of their relationships have evolved and how past grievances resurface in the unpredictable stages of midlife crisis meets midlife renaissance.

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