The deal for all these co-productions mean that the BBC will premiere the series in the UK, with Netflix streaming the dramas abroad.
Since 2012, Netflix has committed to spending $1.75 billion on original European productions. Those deep pockets mean that many British broadcasters are currently working with them to create marquee drama. ITV crime drama Marcella, for example, is also being produced with support from Netflix.
“Great storytelling knows no geographic bounds,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix. “After four years of original programming and filming in 18 countries, we know compelling stories can come from anywhere and no matter their origin, can resonate with audiences around the world.”
“I am thrilled Netflix have come on board with these two BBC dramas, making it now possible for both stories to be seen by a global audience,” said BBC drama boss Piers Wenger.
Troy: Fall of a City is due to begin filming in South Africa this March and will air on BBC1. Black Mirror director Owen Harris will helm the series, and the executive producer is Derek Wax (Humans, The Hour).
“David Farr’s bold and visceral rendition of the 3000-year-old classic, told across multiple parts, will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen on BBC1 before,” said BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore when the series was first announced. “Intimate and epic, gripping and exhilarating, rich with psychological intrigue and human drama, we will feel the characters’ passions, pain and loss.”
A UK air date for Troy: Fall of a City is yet to be confirmed.