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Fargo

Channel 4 has secured the rights to the mini series 'Fargo', which is based on the Coen brothers Oscar-winning film of the same name.

The ten-part series will premier on the US on FX in April, and come to Channel 4 soon afterwards.

A couple of weeks ago, FX released the first trailer for the series.

The series features Martin Freeman – from 'The Office', 'The Hobbit', and 'Sherlock' – as a small town insurance salesman whose life takes a turn for the unexpected when he meets a manipulative drifter played by Billy Bob Thornton.

It also stars Bob Odendirk from 'Breaking Bad', Colin Hanks – son of Oscar-winner Tom – and Alison Tolman.

Joel and Ethan Coen are also on board as executive producers. The series is written by novelist and screenwriter Noah Hawley, who also penned 'Bones', 'The Unusuals' and 'My Generation'.

The film 'Fargo' came out almost two decades ago. It starred Frances McDormand as a pregnant police chief investigating a series of murders in Minnesota, and William H. Macy as a struggling care salesman who hires two criminals – Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare – to kidnap his wife.

The film earned seven Oscar nominations. While it didn't win any Oscars, it did win a BAFTA, as well as the Award for Best Director at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.

The series will have a similar plot to the film, and will feature similarly quaint characters, too.

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