AXN announces Diwali TV feast

Rebecca Hawkes | 01-11-2013

AXN, the Indian cable and satellite channel owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, is bringing a host of new international series to audiences for Diwali, including Sherlock, Chosen and So You Think You Can Dance.

The first of three seasons of Sherlock – starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman –will begin on 4 November at 9.30pm, as part of a larger content deal with the BBC, which also includes four series of motoring programme Top Gear and two series of Orphan Black.

The US action/adventure show Chosen, distributed by online streaming platform Crackle, is about a small time defence lawyer struggling to raise his daughter in the aftermath of a messy divorce – with a twist. It too will premiere on AXN on 4 November, in the 9pm slot. Preceding that at 8pm, So You Think You Can Dance will also form part of AXN's primetime Diwali programming.

The international reality dance show, judged by Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, and hosted by Cat Deeley, airs in the US on Fox. It is produced by 19 Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions.

BBC America's Orphan Black, a science fiction thriller set in Canada, is set to premiere first and exclusively on AXN this December, while the latest Top Gear is now on air every Friday at 9pm.

Myleeta Aga, SVP and GM of BBC Worldwide Asia, said: "This new acquisition by AXN is the largest we've had with the broadcaster to date. I'm very excited that viewers in India will now have access to some of the most popular and high quality drama and factual entertainment programmes that have come out the BBC in the past year or so."