Sinbad sails to ABC

By David Knox on July 26, 2012 / Filed Under News 13

UK Adventure series Sinbad, originally set to air on Nine, will now air on the ABC.

A BBC Spokesperson told TV Tonight, “ABC have now acquired Sinbad. We took back the rights from Nine and sold to ABC, Nine did not on-sell the title.”

Nine announced acquisition of the rights in 2011 and was still flagging it as part of its 2012 line-up in January.

The SKY1 series began airing earlier this month in the UK.

No Airdate has yet been announced.


  1. max July 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm -

    I hope this show has a quality look to it, not cheap like the new Doctor Who.

  2. Stan July 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm -

    Okay. Thanks for clearing that up. :)

  3. David Knox July 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm -

    No mistakes. I suspect Nine decided it wasn’t the right fit for them.

  4. Stan July 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm -

    Maybe BBC made a mistake? It could’ve sold to ABC first considering they have a program output deal with BBC? Much like the mistake made when Comedy Central sold Colbert/Stewart to ABC2 in 2010.

  5. Secret Squirrel July 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm -

    Why couldn’t this have happened with Episodes?

    And Sherlock. Mr Sunshine. Fringe even.

    Just need to let the Top Gear rights lapse and all will be right again.

  6. Kenny July 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm -

    @ jezza the first original one – Totally agree, and same thoughts. Guess BBCWW would only take it back if Nine hadn’t paid for it. Olympics anyone? (LOL)

  7. chelanxar July 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm -

    Fantastic show and I’m already rooting for a season two. Man, love the fantasy stuff that comes out of the UK!

  8. jezza the first original one July 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm -

    I guess this is great news as it will now be shown with no adverts. Is this a financial problem for ch9? Is their huge debt mountain now begining to impact upon their programming? Something is certainly wrong when they have just capitulated for the 3 weeks leading up to the Olympics and plugged the gaping holes in their schedule with ratings disaster Voice USA…just a thought..

  9. David Knox July 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm -

    Yes BBC Worldwide in Australia.

  10. deedeedragons July 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm -

    Can you do the same for Sherlock BBC? Please!

  11. IRT July 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm -

    Is this distributed internationally by the BBC? I ask because in the UK it produced for BSkyB by an Irish company and shown on Sky.

  12. MuchoTB July 26, 2012 at 11:14 am -

    Lol @ Nein. No room on their schedule for alternative programming when they have BBT repeats and The US version of the voice dominating their schedule

  13. J Bar July 26, 2012 at 11:13 am -

    So did Nine lose any money for purchasing the rights and just sitting on it? If not, that could set a bad precedent?

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