Created by Charlotte Coben and Produced by Quay Street Productions, the Six Episode Series Stars Bilal Hasna and Vivian Oparah Alongside Penelope Wilton and Peter Serafinowicz

Fox Corporation’s ad-supported video-on-demand service, announced today it will exclusively launch the new UK comedy-thriller series DEAD HOT, created and written by Charlotte Coben (The Stranger, Stay Close, Shelter, Fool Me Once), and executive produced by Nicola Shindler (It’s A Sin, Nolly, Happy Valley, Stay Close, Fool Me Once) in the U.S. and Canada. The deal was brokered by ITV Studios.

DEAD HOT is a compelling and twisty character-driven thriller exploring family, class, love, trauma, and identity. The six episode series is led by rising stars Bilal Hasna (Extraordinary, Layla) and Vivian Oparah (Rye Lane, Then You Run, I May Destroy You), with Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, After Life) and Peter Serafinowicz (The School for Good and Evil, The Tick) rounding out the cast.

“DEAD HOT is exactly the type of dynamic series that we are excited to bring to Tubi audiences who have long been passionate about diving head first into rabbit holes of engaging, thrilling and genre-bending series,” said Sam Harowitz VP of Acquisitions and Partnerships, Tubi. “Charlotte has created an incredibly clever world in DEAD HOT with storytelling that is brimming with wild twists and turns. Having partnered with Nicola and the team at Quay Street we have no doubt that Charlotte’s unique vision for this series will have audiences guessing right up until the very end on this wild ride!”

“At its heart, DEAD HOT is a unique thriller about heartbreak surrounded by humour and absurdity and I can’t wait for US and Canadian audiences to be gripped by the brilliant world that Charlotte Coben has created and that has been brought to life by our outstanding cast,” said Nicola Shindler, Executive Producer for Quay Street Productions. “With plenty of twists, turns, and surprises along the way, expect the unexpected!”

“I love Tubi’s innovative approach to accessibility in streaming and I am thrilled to be bringing DEAD HOT to the US and Canada with them,” said Charlotte Coben. “DEAD HOT for all!”

Set in present-day Liverpool, twentysomethings Elliot (Hasna) and Jess (Oparah) are best friends united by a bond of grief at losing Peter—the first and only love of Elliot and Jess’ twin brother. It’s been five years since Peter went missing in mysterious circumstances, and still reeling from the trauma, the best friends spiral into a hedonistic lifestyle, partying to numb their grief while clinging to a small hope that they will one day find out what happened. When Elliot meets Will, he starts to think he can put the past behind him. But when Elliot learns Will has his own dark secrets, just as Jess is contacted by somebody claiming to be her brother, it sets into motion a determination for the pair to find out if Elliot’s romantically cursed—or being targeted.

Dead Hot is produced by Quay Street Productions (part of ITV Studios) and executive produced by Nicola Shindler. The series is created, written, and executive produced by Charlotte Coben. Laurie Kirkham (It’s A Sin, Finding Alice, Trust Me) is producer, with Sam Arbor (Heartstopper) as director on Block One and David Sant (Significant Other, Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything) as director on Block Two. Dead Hot filmed in and around Liverpool and the North West of England.  Dead Hot is produced in association with ITV Studios, which handles international distribution. Charlotte Coben has previously worked with Nicola Shindler as a writer on Netflix hits The Stranger, Stay Close and Fool Me Once.


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About Quay Street Productions (part of ITV Studios)

Quay Street Productions was founded by multi-award-winning producer Nicola Shindler OBE in 2021, to make contemporary, provocative, entertaining, and engaging drama for U.K. and global audiences.

The production company builds on Shindler’s reputation to deliver compelling drama, with her previous credits including It’s A Sin, Stay Close, Ridley Road, Finding Alice, The Stranger, Happy Valley and Queer As Folk.

Based in Manchester, Quay Street Productions puts the writers and talent at the centre of the production process. Welcoming voices from all different backgrounds, Quay Street Productions promotes a diversity of storytelling working with new and established writers.

Russell T Davies drama Nolly for Quay Street Productions, starring Helena Bonham Carter as soap opera legend Noele “Nolly” Gordon, and Significant Other starring Katherine Parkinson and Youssef Kerkour, launched on ITVX and ITV in 2023.  Feature-length drama, Men Up starring Iwan Rheon aired on BBC One over Christmas 2023 and most recently After the Flood, written by Mick Ford and starring Sophie Rundle launched on ITV1 and ITVX in January 2024.

Harlan Coben’s Netflix series Fool Me Once, starring Michelle Keegan and Joanna Lumley, premiered globally on 1st January 2024, amassing 61M views globally in its first two weeks, reaching the Top 10 in 91 countries. Two further Harlan Coben series’, Missing You and Run Away have also been commissioned by Netflix. Prime Video has green-lit Harlan Coben series, Lazarus, which goes into production this year. The Red King and Playdate are currently in post-production for UKTV and Disney respectively. Quay Street Productions is part of ITV Studios.

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