Walter Presents is returning to Spain for its next box set, with heart-stopping thriller Lifeline arriving this April.
From the makers of Locked Up, the medical thriller is set to get hearts racing, as it tempers poignant themes of morality and justice with hair-raising adrenaline and action.
Based on the widely-debated medical phenomenon of organ transplant memory, the series follows renowned surgeon Alex, who suffers a near fatal heart attack, but is saved by a heart transplant, only to become plagued by nightmares. Alex starts to investigate what happened to his donor and unwittingly uncovers a scandal of epic proportions that jeopardises not only his own safety but that of those he holds dearest. The only clues on which his investigation relies are the cellular memories his donor’s heart send him, a phenomenon he initially dismisses but eventually is forced to accept is real. In addition to flashbacks and visions, Alex also finds himself experiencing the sentiments of his donor, leading him to question where his heart truly lies.
In addition to sharing the same creators as multi-award-winning Locked Up, Lifeline boasts a talented cast and crew. Writer and director Emilio Aragón has won a variety of awards for his work, most recently Best Film for Paper Birds at the Woodstock Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival and the Montréal Film Festival. Its stars, Pablo Derqui, Leonor Watling and Ingrid Rubio, have won over 21 international awards between them.
The show premieres its first episode at 10pm on Channel 4 on Sunday 15th April, with the rest of the series going live on All 4 and Sky On Demand immediately after.
For more on Walter Presents, see our guide to the shows coming soon to the service.
Walter Presents secures Spanish thriller Lifeline
23rd February 2017
Channel 4’s Walter Presents has acquired exclusive rights to Spanish thriller Lifeline.
The streaming service, which is dedicated to foreign-language drama from around the world, recently turned one year old, racking up over 17 million views in its first 12 months. Now, the site preparing to go international, launching a subscription version of the service in the US. As its sights widen, so does its line-up of content, with the acquisition of the Spanish series for both UK and US audiences.
Lifeline is a psychological thriller about an eminent surgeon, whose life begins to unravel after he suffers a massive heart attack and undergoes an emergency heart transplant. Haunted by strange nightmares, he starts to investigate the circumstances of his donor’s death and uncovers a horrific medical scandal on an industrial scale.
Directed by Emilio Aragón, Carmen O. Carbonero and Francisco Roncal, the series features a star cast, led by Leonor Watling, Pablo Derqui, Ingrid Rubio and Juan Diego Botto. Produced by Globomedia for Atresmedia and distributed by Imagina International Sales, the show debuted on Antena 3 in Spain with 3 million viewers, topping the ratings with a 17.1 per cent share.
The deal follows the premiere of Spanish series Locked Up on Walter Presents last year.
Walter Iuzzolino, the service’s curator, says: “Locked Up exploded onto the international scene, heralding a renaissance in Spanish scripted excellence. This year, they’ve done it again. Lifeline is a rollercoaster thriller with plenty of shock narrative twists and epic cliffhanger endings. I’m confident UK and US audiences will find it just as hard as I did to tear themselves away from this series. Buckle up for a binge-watching fest.”
“We are delighted to work again with Walter Presents and GSN,” adds Beatriz Setuain Arraiza from Imagina International Sales. “It is an honor for us to have Pulsaciones in such a prestigious platform that gives our dramas the opportunity to travel in its original version to audiences in the UK and US.”
Photo: Imagina Sales