Press Releases — Sales & Co-Productions

August 16, 2017

BBC Worldwide North America Announces Amazon Prime Video as U.S. Home for Peter Moffet’s Newest Drama The Last Post

New York, NY, August 16, 2017 – BBC Worldwide North America and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) have added the newest drama from Peter Moffat (The Night Of), The Last Post, as an Amazon Original in the U.S. The new six-part drama starring Jessica Raine‎ (Call The Midwife), Jessie Buckley (War and Peace), Jeremy Neumark Jones (Denial), Amanda Drew (Broadchurch), Ben Miles (Coupling, RSC’s Wolf Hall), and Stephen Campbell Moore (History Boys, The Go-Between)‎ is set during the social and political unrest of the mid-sixties, in the simmering heat and vast beauty of Aden, Yemen, and centers on the lives of a unit of Royal Military Police officers and their families. Prime members in the U.S. can stream or download every episode of season one, at no additional cost to their membership, later this year.

In The Last Post, the men in the police unit don’t have easy jobs: part soldiers, part policemen and full time husbands and fathers who face constant insurgency and threat. Danger is everywhere and no one is safe in this tense and binge-able series. Based on Peter Moffat’s childhood memories, his father’s life as an officer in the Royal Military Police, and his mother’s struggle between being what the army required her to be and what she felt like being, The Last Post is an in-depth look at the sacrifices made by our soldiers and their families.

Peter Moffat says: “Young married couples in the heart of the Sixties living in extremely close proximity in a very alien and dangerous environment has always struck me as ripe territory for drama. Men full of vim, vigor, and a desire to be heroes in a situation where that isn’t always possible, alongside young women who are starting to feel the emancipation of the Sixties and a sense of new freedoms but who are living in a constrained setting where their role is supposed to be merely supportive. My mum remembers standing on the balcony of our flat in her first week in Aden and seeing a hand grenade thrown killing a five-year-old boy and my dad rushing out to try and do something…Throw in rock-n-roll and tumultuous love stories alongside the unexplored territory of this period in our history and you have a pretty heady mix. This was my parents’ world and one I have wanted to write about all my career.”

“Amazon has been an incredible partner over the years as the exclusive U.S. home to Doctor Who and Orphan Black,” said Jemma Harvey, Senior Vice President, Scripted Sales and Co-Productions, BBC Worldwide North America. “We are pleased to further build upon our relationship with Amazon, and confident that Peter Moffat’s newest rarefied drama will find a captivated audience on their service.”

“We’re thrilled to bring to our customers this authentic, heroic story of a group of officers and their families in a setting consumed by political and economic unrest,” said Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide TV Content Acquisition at Amazon.

The Last Post is made by Bonafide Films and The Forge Entertainment for BBC One and is executive produced for Bonafide Films by Margery Bone & Elwen Rowlands, and by George Faber & Mark Pybus for The Forge Entertainment. Matthew Read will executive produce for BBC One. It is directed by Jonny Campbell (The Casual Vacancy) and Miranda Bowen (Women In Love). The Last Post is distributed by BBC Worldwide and the deal was brokered by Philip Sequeira, Vice President, Scripted Sales and Co-Productions, BBC Worldwide North America.

Prime members in the U.S. can watch the entire series via the Amazon Prime Video app on TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices, and online at www.amazon.com/primevideo. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

About BBC Worldwide North America

BBC Worldwide North America is the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) operating in the U.S. and Canada. The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the UK license payer and invests in public service programing in return for rights. The company operates four businesses in the territory – linear and digital content sales and co-productions, consumer products, BBC.com, and two production divisions – BBC Worldwide Productions, responsible for the smash hit Dancing with the Stars and the U.S. version of Top Gear; and Adjacent Productions, producers of Da Vinci’s DemonsLife Below Zero, and Ladies of London, among others. The company also owns a 50.1% share in cable channel BBC AMERICA through a joint venture with AMC Networks.

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