The world of The Doctor is expanding, and this time, it’s coming to those who are subscribers to Hulu Plus. It was announced today that much of BBC’s content library, including episodes of “Doctor Who” and the critically-acclaimed “Sherlock,” are going to be coming to the service in a deal that is also going to include a myriad of other classic shows, including a personal favorite in “Fawlty Towers.”
In the statement confirming the news, Andy Forssell, acting CEO / Senior VP of Content for Hulu, had the following to say:
“Hulu has enjoyed a strong collaboration with BBC Worldwide North America, from international co-productions to breakthrough exclusive shows that have been embraced in the U.S. by extremely passionate audiences. By adding this expansive collection of premium BBC Worldwide programming, Hulu Plus solidifies its role as a top streaming platform for the best British programming available in the U.S.”
Of course, with this move Hulu was really just trying to level itself with another service in Netflix, which has been on a tear this year thanks largely to the one-two punch of original programming in “House of Cards” coupled with “Arrested Development” and the new hit “Orange Is the New Black,” which is being hyped up extensively right now.
There are some very exciting things coming up for the BBC within the next year starting up with the “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special along with the long-awaited return of “Sherlock.” (Unfortunately, this series is not going to be in America until next year.) BBC America has also produced some of our favorite content of the past year, and with that we’re mostly referring to the “Nerdist” late-night show along with the powerhouse series that is “Orphan Black.”
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