Netflix May Co-Produce Charles Dickens Series With Channel 4

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Classic literature may be coming to Netflix.

The streaming company is currently talking with British broadcaster Channel 4 about the possibility of co-producing a television adaptation of a Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Even though Netflix typically orders its own original series or purchases them, reports are saying that it is looking to partner with Channel 4 in the same way that the company teamed up with the network before on the Emmy-nominated Ricky Gervais series Derek,  for which Netflix has the rights outside the U.K.

Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities  is “set in London and Paris during the French Revolution” and “is about two men, with similar looks but very different lives.” It will be written by Alan Bleasdale, who adapted Dickens’ Oliver Twist for PBS and ITV in the late 1990s.

Netflix, which recently just reached over 50 million subscribers at the end of June, has been making big strides with regards to its U.K. programming. Earlier this year, the company announced that it had ordered a new series entitled The Crown, which will be the first Netflix original series to be made in Britain and “will focus on Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne and be inspired by Peter Morgan’s play The Audience.”

Since releasing its first original series, the Kevin Spacey-led political drama House of Cards, back in February 2013, Netflix has truly become a major player in the television industry. Just this year alone, Netflix earned 31 total Emmy nominations in both the Drama and Comedy categories for CardsOrange Is the New Black, and Derek—more than double the 14 Emmy nods it received in 2013.

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Chris is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and Film, he has been writing for TVOvermind for over two years and has written about several different television shows, such as New Girl, Breaking Bad, Glee, and Homeland. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13) or email (
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