Syfy to Air British Series 'Sinbad' in April 2013; 'Lost's' Naveen Andrews Co-Stars

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September 6th, 2012

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NEW YORK – September 6, 2012 – Syfy today announced it has acquired the international hit series Sinbad from BBC Worldwide America, Sales & Distribution. One of the most enduring stories of all time, the imaginative and fantastical quest of Sinbad will premiere on Syfy in April 2013.


Starring newcomer Elliot Knight in the title role, the 12-part series follows Sinbad’s sea-bound journey after he is forced to flee from his home town of Basra. Surviving a violent and magical storm, Sinbad embarks on an emotional journey to embrace his destiny.


Naveen Andrews (Lost) stars as Sinbad’s nemesis, Lord Akbari. The series also features appearances by Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda, The Secret Life of Bees), Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, The King’s Speech) and Dougray Scott (Hitman, Mission Impossible: II).


On board “The Providence,” Sinbad is joined by an intriguing band of travelers including Norwegian sailor Gunnar (Elliot Cowan), the jewel-thief Rina (Marama Corlett), and aristocrat Nala (Estella Daniels). Completing the ship’s complement is the Cook (Junix Inocian) and the cerebral doctor Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas).

In making the announcement, Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming & Original Movies, Syfy, said: “When mystical meets muscle, anything can happen in this exciting, action-packed series. With its strong production values and rich story, Sinbad will be a terrific addition to our primetime lineup.”


Matt Forde, EVP Sales and Co-Productions, BBC Worldwide America, said: “This new version of a timeless classic is going to take American audiences by storm. Syfy is the perfect home for Sinbad.”


Sinbad is an Impossible Pictures Production for British Sky Broadcasting in association with BBC Worldwide. The deal was brokered by Jemma Adkins, Senior VP Sales and Co-Productions, BBC Worldwide America.


About BBC Worldwide America Sales & Distribution

BBC Worldwide America Sales & Distribution is one of five core businesses operating in the U.S. under BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the UK public service broadcaster, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). BBC Worldwide exists to maximize the value of the BBC's assets for the benefit of the UK license payer, and invests in programming in return for rights. The Sales & Distribution business negotiates, sells and distributes television programs to networks and secures co-production partners in the region.


About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)


Syfy has acquired rights to the British television series Sinbad. The network plans to air all twelve episodes of the first season, which, not surprisingly, is a retelling of the classic stories about Sinbad the Sailor's  journeys. The series will premiere in April 2012. More details can be found on Deadline.



  • Holly

    Syfy’s kind of stepped up with their foreign acquisitions. Merlin, Lost Girl, Continuum, now Sinbad. It’s obviously working for them since it’s much cheaper than producing their own shows. And the shows fit their brand well.

  • Simon Jester

    @Holly – Continuum still hasn’t been confirmed for pick-up… though I hope it will be.

    (And of course, Syfy programming has always had foreign shows… though nowadays they tend to be of higher quality than Lexx! :-P)

  • tv#1

    I think I will check this out. It sounds interesting. I also like Naveen Andrews.

  • Tom

    I’ve seen a half dozen episodes of Sinbad and it’s just another low budget snoozefest shot in a retro video style with accompanying laughable special effects. I’m sorry to see that SyFy continues to serve as a conduit for bargain basement productions from Canada and the UK.

  • DeeAgeaux

    Shoud have acquired Mis Fits instead and outbid Logo.

    Even if it is tangentially similar to Alphas.

  • Jason50

    Like Tom said, Sinbad’s not very good. I’d rather watch reruns of Xena and Highlander.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I might check this out – I’ve been thinking about it, but in no hurry since I generally don’t really care for “period pieces”.

    Jason50: Ah, Highlander! One of my favorite shows ever, especially the later seasons once they got past the “bad Immortal of the week” stuff in season one. That was a brilliant show which introduced me to Peter Wingfield, late of Sanctuary. I need to buy the DVDs at some point.

  • Jason50

    @RSH- Highlander is great and it still holds up today! The sword fighting choreography is still among the best which newer shows like Spartacus and Game of Thrones can take lessons from. The storylines in later seasons were also my favorites.

  • cimmer

    I have to confess, I’ve never quite gotten the Syfy ‘rebranding’. I know it’s supposed to be ‘Imagine Greater’ by WTH does that mean? The only difference I’ve really noticed is more reality shows and more cheap second tier foreign fantasy/scifi shows. There are a lot more shows on Syfy now though so if you’re into that channel, that’s a good thing I guess.

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