Five has picked up the UK premiere rights to the 8 x 60-minute ob-doc series, which was made by Ice Road Truckers producer Original Productions. The History Channel has secured the UK second window rights.
Black Gold originally aired on Tru TV in the US where it outperformed the primetime average by 45%. It follows oil workers drilling for fuel in Texas, who face daily risks to their lives, such as the threat of explosions. Five is yet to schedule the show, but The History Channel will air it in autumn 2009.
In addition, Fremantle has sold two other Original-produced series, Verminators and 1000 Ways to Die, to Virgin 1 and Bravo respectively.
Verminators follows a team of pest-controllers working in LA dealing with the likes of black widow spiders and killer bees. It aired on Discovery in the US.
1000 Ways to Die was produced for cable channel Spike TV and explores the funnier side of death and the many and varied ways that people can make their final exit.
“These shows form part of a very strong slate for Mipcom this year,” said FME chief executive officer David Ellender.
“We feel that it's going to be a very positive and exciting market indeed.”