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UKTV's Drama channel has picked up a trio of big shows.

The broadcaster has inked a deal with distributor Power for the rights to 'Crusoe' the 13-part drama starring Sean Bean, a two-part Pinocchio mini-series and 'A Bear named Winnie' starring Stephen Fry and Michael Fassbender.

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The NBC series 'Crusoe' was originally shown in the UK on Channel 5 back in 2008. Initially envisioned as a long-running drama, it was cancelled after one series due to low ratings.

It's based on the novel by Daniel Defoe, and follows Robinson Crusoe as he fights for survival on a desert island following a shipwreck.

'Pinocchio' was also produced in 2008, and starred Bob Hoskins and Robbie Kay. The two-hour mini-series tells the classic tale of the wooden boy brought to life.

'A Bear Named Winnie' is a World War One drama from 2004 in which Lietutenant Harry Colebourn (Fassbender) donates his bear cub to London Zoo because he can't take her with him to the front line. Zookeeper Protheroe (Fry) is surprised to find she becomes the star attraction.

"Power's long history of producing, co-producing and acquiring gripping scripted dramas means that we have one of the strongest back catalogues around," Susan Waddell, chief executive officer of Power, said.

"We are pleased that there continues to be an appetite for these one of a kind classics."

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