Sky1 has secured the rights to show Kiefer Sutherland’s new drama, Touch, in the United Kingdom, it was announced today.
From the creator of Heroes, Tim Kring, the show focuses on the life of a widower and single father, Martin Bohm (Sutherland), and his anguish at not being able to connect with his 11-year-old mute son, Jake (David Mazouz). The story takes a dramatic turn when he discovers his son possesses the ability to see meaning in seemingly unrelated events.
And so it begins: Jake begins to communicate with his father through numbers and his father is charged with the task of deciphering the messages and connecting them to people in the community around them.
The show co-stars veteran actor Danny Glover as a professor and expert in gifted children and British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a social worker who assists the father and son.
The programme is the first from Tim Kring since his Emmy-nominated sci-fi drama, Heroes, ended in 2010.
Kiefer Sutherland said: “It’s great for Touch to have found a home on Sky. Sky was always supportive of 24 and built some truly innovative promotions for the show. I’m thrilled that UK audiences will get to see the show so soon after the US launch.”
Stuart Murphy, director, Sky1 HD said: “It’s great to have Kiefer back on Sky1 HD – it feels like his natural home after the phenomenal success of 24. As the face and force behind this new series, we’re confident it will resonate with our customers. Touch is right up there in terms of creative ambition and really delivers on our promise of new, unmissable and exclusive content.”
Touch is due to begin broadcasting on Sky1 in March 2012.