Class, a companion for hit series Doctor Whowill air in the U.S. on BBC America in 2016, it was announced today at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.

Announced in October in the UK, the eight-part series is set in a school in contemporary London and marks the TV screenwriting debut of YA author Patrick Ness, best known for his book A Monster Calls. 

“I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself,” said Ness. “I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your exams,” he joked.

Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, the team behind Doctor Who, are executive producing. The series is produced by BBC Cymru Wales and filmed in Cardiff.

In addition, BBC America announced that Prey, a six-part thriller, is set to premiere stateside in February. The BAFTA-nominated series is produced by Tom Sherry (Scott & Bailey, New Tricks) with Red Production company founder Nicola Shindler (Unforgiven, Last Tango in Halifax) as Executive Producer.

And Adele’s concert special Adele: Live in London will premiere on BBC America Sunday, February 14 at 10 PM. The singer-songwriter will be joined by her band to perform classic tracks as well as songs from her new album 25.
Adele: Live in London (aired as Adele At The BBC on BBC One) is executive produced by Guy Freeman for BBC Events.

BBC America announced earlier the greenlight of new original scripted series Dirk Gently. The series is an adaptation of Douglas Adams’ (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Doctor Who) comic novels, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. The straight to series order includes eight one-hour episodes. Penned by Max Landis, the series is a co-production of AMC Studios, Ideate Media and IDW Entertainment with Circle of Confusion producing.