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BBC to air Holmes' Kennedys drama

The Press Association - UK

Katie Holmes' mini-series "The Kennedys" is to air on BBC2, it has been announced.

The ambitious eight-part mini-series, starring Katie as Jackie Onassis and Greg Kinnera as John F Kennedy was produced by the History Channel, but was then abruptly yanked from the schedule last month.

But BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow said it was "a perfect fit" for the channel, which will broadcast the series after its UK premiere on UK channel HISTORY.

She added: "It has a very particular flavour and we are delighted to have this new addition to our schedules."

The History Channel's parent company A&E Television Networks said the project, did not fit the "History brand".

The real-life Kennedy family and associates were also said to be unhappy about the series, claiming its scripts were inaccurate and overly critical.

"The Kennedys" will air on ReelzChannel in the US on April 3, on HISTORY in the UK on April 7, and on BBC 2 in May or June.