THE Isle of Wight is going global, after American entertainment company AMC Networks acquired BritBox's The Beast Must Die, which was filmed on the Island during the latter part of 2020.

The original drama will premiere this Spring on AMC and AMC+. The show has yet to get a premiere date on BritBox UK.

The six-episode revenge thriller stars Jared Harris, Cush Jumbo and Geraldine James, along with hundreds of Isle of Wight actors and extras.

The series was produced in partnership with BritBox UK, New Regency Television International and Ridley Scott's Scott Free.

The Beast Must Die tells the story of a grieving mother who infiltrates the life of the man she believes killed her son.

Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks, said: "This series will be something special for AMC and our AMC+ subscribers.

"It continues a legacy of very successful relationships with the brilliant Jared Harris and our friends at Scott Free, and forges new producing partnerships with BritBox and New Regency Television."

Ed Rubin, head of New Regency Television International, said: "We are beyond thrilled that The Beast Must Die is going to be shown on AMC, and couldn't ask for a better television home in the US that stands for bold, quality drama.

"We hope audiences will be drawn into this emotional thriller and can't wait for it to go out into the world."

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A total of 600 hours was filmed over the 61 day shoot on the Island, at locations ranging from Yarmouth beaches to Culver Cliff.

Strict social distancing measures were in place during the shoot, with more than 5,000 coronavirus tests used on members of cast, crew and support staff.

The filming brought a welcome injection of cash to the Island over several months.

The production was assisted by Dadina Sagger of the Isle of Wight Film Fixers, who aided them from the very beginning of the enquiries and helped to supply local contacts for the production, including hotels, locations, buildings for storage and base, as well as working with the cross-Solent ferry operators.