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“ONE CHILD” World Premiere Dec. 5 and 6!

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
•• SundanceTV has the world premiere of its newest original mini-series ONE CHILD on December 5th and 6th at 9 PM ET/PT. The four-hour series stars Katie Leung (Harry Potter), features Emmy® nominated actress Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds) and Donald Sumpter (Game of Thrones, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and airs as a two-night special event.

ONE CHILD tells the story of a young Chinese-born woman, Mei (Leung), adopted at birth by a couple in the UK, who suddenly gets called back to her native Guangzhou by her birth mother. Her son Ajun – and the brother Mei never knew existed – has been wrongly accused of murder and is facing execution. The real killer is a rich Chinese ‘princeling’ with a well-connected, wealthy father who has corrupted the witnesses into lying.

Elizabeth Perkins and Sumpter play Katherine, an American  and Jim Ashley, Mei’s adoptive parents who are challenged to both let her visit her birth mother while protecting her from the pain of meeting the woman who once rejected her. Mei must struggle with who she is in order to decide where her loyalty lies.

When Mei lands in China and begins to witness the criminal justice system through western eyes, she discovers the dichotomy between rich and poor – the connected and the unconnected – and the corruption which forms the bedrock of its governing institutions.

Penned by Guy Hibbert (Eye in the Sky, Five Minutes of Heaven) this emotionally-gripping, dramatic thriller plunges into the heart of contemporary China – in all its contradictions – and takes a fresh, cross-cultural look at what it means to be family.

ONE CHILD is a deeply affecting work that delves into the heart of a human struggle. It tells the story of an ordinary young woman who is plunged into a situation that challenges her to her core,” said SundanceTV President, Sarah Barnett. “It takes viewers on an immersive journey across the globe and shines a bold spotlight on the complexity of family dynamics and personal identity.”

ONE CHILD is executive produced by Hilary Salmon for BBC Productions. The project is a BBC Drama production for BBC Two, co-produced with SundanceTV (deal brokered by Drive in conjunction with BBC Worldwide North America), and distributed by BBC Worldwide.

Elizabeth Perkins heads to “How to Get Away with Murder”

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014
Elizabeth Perkins heads to “How to Get Away with Murder”
•• Elizabeth Perkins has landed a guest-starring role on “How to Get Away with Murder”. Elizabeth Perkins will play Marren Trudeau, a high-profiled client whom Annalise (Viola Davis) will represent during an upcoming case-of-the-week. Additionally, Sara Paxton (The Beautiful Life) will guest-star as a woman who works for Marren, while Niko Pepaj (Bunheads, Awkward) will play Marren’s assistant.

Elizabeth Perkins’ casting brings her back to ABC after starring on the network’s short-lived comedy “How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)”. The trio will appear in an episode slated for October 16th. The show airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

SundanceTV Serves Up Four-Hour “One Child” on Thanksgiving Weekend

Friday, Sep 5, 2014
SundanceTV Serves Up Four-Hour “One Child” on Thanksgiving Weekend
•• The original miniseries follows the story of Mei, a young woman born in China and raised by British parents who is called back to Guangzhou by her desperate birth mother after Mei’s brother is wrongly accused of murder. One Child stars Katie Leung as the woman who struggles in the face of crisis to determine her family loyalties, true identity and the meaning of family. Elizabeth Perkins, Donald Sumpter play her UK parents. SundanceTV will air the four-hour mini, which it acquired in the spring, on November 28 & 29. One Child is a BBC Drama production for BBC Two, co-produced with SundanceTV and distributed by BBC Worldwide North America. Hilary Salmon is the executive producer.

Elizabeth Perkins joins Sundance TV’s “One Child”

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014
Elizabeth Perkins joins Sundance TV’s “One Child”
•• SundanceTV announced today that Elizabeth Perkins and Donald Sumpter have joined the cast of One Child, a co-produced, new original scripted mini-series. The four-hour series penned by Guy Hibbert (Complicit, Five Minutes of Heaven) and starring Katie Leung (Harry Potter) is currently in production in London and Hong Kong and will air in late 2014. One Child crosses the world as a Chinese-born young woman adopted by British parents must struggle with who she really is in order to decide where her loyalty lies.

Emmy nominated actress Elizabeth Perkins, known for her role on acclaimed series Weeds and Donald Sumpter (Game of Thrones, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will play Katherine and Jim Arthurton, adoptive parents of Mei (Leung). Mei a first-born Chinese girl adopted by English parents who gets called back to Guangzhou when her birth mother desperately seeks her assistance in saving her son. But how far will Mei go to help the woman who gave her away and the brother she’s never met?  ONE CHILD takes a new look at what it means to be family.

One Child will be executive produced by Hilary Salmon for BBC Productions. The project is a BBC Drama production for BBC Two and is co-produced with SundanceTV and is distributed by BBC Worldwide North America.