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Channel Seven sells medical drama RFDS to British and American TV networks


Seven’s newest drama series, RFDS, is still a week away from premiering in Australia.

But the gripping medical show has already been snapped up internationally, as reported by TV Tonight on Wednesday.

The program, about the lives of those serving in the Royal Flying Doctors Service, has already ‘secured sales in six territories’, according to the industry website.

Going global: Channel Seven has sold local drama RFDS to British and American TV networks before the show has even premiered in Australia

RFDS has been bought by PBS in the United States and Channel 4 in the UK.

It has also been sold to New Zealand’s TVNZ, TV4 in Sweden, Belgium’s SBS and Talpa in the Netherlands.

RFDS will premiere on Australia’s Channel Seven after the Farmer Wants a Wife reunion on Wednesday, August 11, at 8:40pm. 

The show, which was filmed on location in Broken Hill, stars Stephen Peacocke, Rob Collins, Emma Hamilton, Justine Clarke and Ash Ricardo. 

Coming soon: Gripping medical drama RFDS, which was filmed on location in Broken Hill, stars Stephen Peacocke (pictured) and Rob Collins. It debuts on Wednesday, August 11, at 8:40pm

Coming soon: Gripping medical drama RFDS, which was filmed on location in Broken Hill, stars Stephen Peacocke (pictured) and Rob Collins. It debuts on Wednesday, August 11, at 8:40pm

Set in the outback, the show follows the doctors and nurses of the Royal Flying Doctor Service – Australia’s famous rural medical service – as they race against time to save the lives of Aussies living in isolated parts of the country.

The show’s 90-second trailer, which was unveiled earlier this month, begins with Peacocke standing in the middle of the outback, looking up at the night sky. 

His voiceover begins: ‘Out here, you can see just about every star.’

‘If you screamed, you’d be pretty sure no one would hear you,’ he continues, before adding: ‘You’d be surprised.’

Cast: The medical drama, about the lives of those serving in the Royal Flying Doctors Service, will premiere after the Farmer Wants a Wife Reunion special

Cast: The medical drama, about the lives of those serving in the Royal Flying Doctors Service, will premiere after the Farmer Wants a Wife Reunion special

High drama: Seven dropped its action-packed trailer for new series RFDS earlier this month, which tells the gripping stories of the doctors and nurses of the Royal Flying Doctor Service

High drama: Seven dropped its action-packed trailer for new series RFDS earlier this month, which tells the gripping stories of the doctors and nurses of the Royal Flying Doctor Service

All-star cast: The medical drama stars Stephen Peacocke

Co-star Emma Hamilton is pictured here

All-star cast: The medical drama stars Stephen Peacocke (left), Rob Collins, Emma Hamilton (right), Justine Clarke and Ash Ricardo

Revved up: Viewers are then treated to a high-octane montage of mid-air birthing, car crashes and epic dust storms

Revved up: Viewers are then treated to a high-octane montage of mid-air birthing, car crashes and epic dust storms

Viewers are then treated to a high-octane montage of mid-air birthing, car crashes and epic dust storms.

There’s also a romantic storyline, with Peacocke’s character engaging in a workplace affair with his boss, played by The Tudors star Hamilton.

Seven’s Executive Producer Julie McGauran said: ‘This compelling series, led by an incredible cast and team of creatives, is based on the real-life stories of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and highlights the extraordinary work they do, day in, day out.

‘RFDS showcases powerful contemporary Australian drama on an epic scale. We are thrilled to bring this rich and engaging series and its magnificent setting of outback Australia to audiences.’

Tryst: There's also a romantic storyline, with Peacocke's character engaging in a workplace affair with his boss, played by The Tudors star Hamilton

Tryst: There’s also a romantic storyline, with Peacocke’s character engaging in a workplace affair with his boss, played by The Tudors star Hamilton

Ambitious: Seven's Executive Producer Julie McGauran said: 'This compelling series, led by an incredible cast and team of creatives, is based on the real-life stories of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and highlights the extraordinary work they do, day in, day out'

Ambitious: Seven’s Executive Producer Julie McGauran said: ‘This compelling series, led by an incredible cast and team of creatives, is based on the real-life stories of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and highlights the extraordinary work they do, day in, day out’

Return: Peacocke (left) is now back in Australia after spending a few years in Hollywood

Return: Peacocke (left) is now back in Australia after spending a few years in Hollywood

Peacocke is now back in Australia after spending a few years in Hollywood.

The actor won a number of Logie Awards for his portrayal of Darryl Braxton on Home and Away from 2011 to 2016, before leaving the show to pursue a career stateside.

He went on to appear in U.S. films such as Me Before You and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

RFDS premieres Wednesday August 11 at 8:40pm on Channel 7 and 7Plus

Almost here: RFDS is coming soon to Channel 7 and 7Plus

Almost here: RFDS is coming soon to Channel 7 and 7Plus



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