Watch has secured the rights to air The CW’s Beauty and the Beast in the UK.

The channel will air the show early next year after agreeing a deal with its distributor CBS Studios International.

Beauty and the Beast stars Kristin Kreuk as Catherine Chandler, a homicide detective, who witnessed the murder of her mother when she was younger, and was saved by a mysterious figure.

Jay Ryan plays doctor Vincent Keller, the man who saved Catherine. Keller reportedly lost his life in Afghanistan in 2002, but Catherine learns that he is still alive and living outside of traditional society to hide the fact that he transforms into a terrifying beast when angry.

Catherine Mackin, Director of Programme Acquisitions for UKTV, said: “CBS’s Beauty and the Beast feels fresh and contemporary while also encompassing an out of the ordinary feel to it which is perfect for Watch’s viewers.”

Beauty and the Beast debuted in the US last week.

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