MEDIA RELEASE: Cineflix Rights takes Irvine Welsh’s Crime worldwide, picks up rights to Season 2

April 05, 2022

MIPTV: Cineflix Rights has announced a raft of international sales for Irvine Welsh’s Crime, the acclaimed author’s hit adaptation of his best-selling novel. BritBox/ITVX recently announced the second season of the drama, produced by Buccaneer Media and distributed internationally by Cineflix Rights.

Broadcasters and platforms acquiring Irvine Welsh’s Crime include CBC (Canada), RTE (Ireland), VRT (Belgium), POLAR+ and CANAL+ Group (France), NPO (Netherlands), Hot (Israel), Yes (Israel), Magenta TV (Germany), and Corus (Canada – Quebec). The series has also been sold to BritBox USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Irvine Welsh’s Crime (12x 60’, Seasons 1&2, Buccaneer Media and Off Grid Film & TV for BritBox/ITVX) follows detective Inspector Ray Lennox (Dougray Scott, Mission: Impossible 2, Batwoman), a man engaged in his own disturbing battle while undertaking serious crime investigations in a city on the edge of the abyss. The series also stars John Simm (Life on Mars, Grace), Joanna Vanderham (Warrior, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Angela Griffin (Harlots, White Lines), Ken Stott (The Dig, Fortitude), and Jamie Sives (Guilt, Too Close).

James Durie, Head of Scripted, Cineflix Rights said: “Irvine Welsh’s Crime has been a great success with both critics and audiences alike on BritBox. We’re delighted to be closing these deals with international buyers and we’re thrilled to be able to offer another season to clients. With other conversations at an advanced stage, we are looking forward to closing further sales at MIPTV.”


Media contacts

Mark Ogle at OH Communications (for Cineflix Rights): ,  +44 (0) 7789 981561

Justin Crosby at Boom! PR (for Buccaneer Media) , +44 (0) 7966 228361

About Cineflix Rights 

Cineflix Rights is the UK’s largest, truly independent TV content distributor to broadcasters and streamers worldwide with a catalogue of premium standout scripted series and movies as well as must-watch returning factual programming from some of the world’s most creative producers.  

Our growing scripted slate includes new supernatural dramedy Reginald the Vampire starring Jacob Batalon for Syfy US; Irvine Welsh’s Crime, the acclaimed author’s riveting adaptation of his bestselling novel for BritBox; International Emmy® Best Drama Award-winning Israeli espionage series Tehran for Apple TV+; French thriller Rebecca, an Official Selection at Séries Mania 2021; Acorn TV’s cozy crime procedural Whitstable Pearl; award-winning Israeli police corruption series Manayek; global hit police procedural Coroner; and International Emmy®-winner Marcella

Established in 2002, Cineflix Rights is based in London, and is part of the Cineflix Media group of companies.  

About Buccaneer Media

Buccaneer Media is a London-based international content production company led by joint CEOs Tony Wood and Richard Tulk-Hart. The company’s mission is to partner with the industry’s best talent, global streaming platforms and broadcasters around the world to create premium scripted content for the international marketplace. Buccaneer currently has projects with partners including Paramount+, NRK, Acorn and ITV.

Buccaneer works with a world-class stable of literary and directing talents including Lars Lundström, Oystein Karlsen, Jenni Fagan, C.J.Tudor, Hans Rosenfeldt, Charley Miles, Ingeborg Topsoe, Sandhya Suri, Irvine Welsh, Dougray Scott, Elizabeth MacNeal, Rose Lewenstein, Baltasar Kormakur and John Brownlow. Productions include ‘Desi Rascals’,the award-winning co-production with Gurinder Chadha (‘Bend It Like Beckham’) for Sky and scripted drama ‘Marcella’which aired to global critical acclaim and saw Anna Friel winning an Emmy for her lead performance as Marcella Backland. The company is currently in production on the second season of Irvine Welsh’s Crime for ITVXstarring Dougray Scott (‘Mission: Impossible 2, Batwoman, The Woman in White’), Whitstable Pearl season 2 starring Kerry Godliman (‘After Life’) for Acorn TV, ‘The Burning Girls’, Hans Rosenfeldt’s (‘Marcella’, ‘The Bridge’) adaptation of CJ Tudor’s best selling novel for Paramount+ and ‘So Long, Marianne’ with Øystein Karlsen’s Redpoint Productions (‘Dag’, ‘Lilyhammer’, ‘Exit’, ‘Whitstable Pearl’) and Connect3 Media for NRK.

Buccaneer Media is a partnership with Canada’s Cineflix Media.

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