Show of the Week

Show of the week: The City and the City

Writer Tony Grisoni on his approach to adapting China Miéville’s ‘weird fiction’-meets-detective noir novel The City and the City for BBC Two China Miéville’s 2009 novel The City and the City takes some effort to comeprehend. The premise is that it follows a European city-state, Bezsel, housing two cities that occupy the same geographical space, […]

Show of the week: The Toughest Job in the Universe

The Toughest Job in the Universe (WT) aims to take reality competition television into space. The show is the result of a collaboration of UK network BBC Two, BBC commercial wing BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) and BBC Science, the latter of which had initially dreamt up the concept. Over six intense and intensive weeks, contestants attempt […]

Show of the Week: Japandemonium

British broadcasters have long had an obsession with Japanese gameshow TV. Just this month Comedy Central announced it was taking new Thailand-shot episodes of the iconic series Takeshi’s Castle, so it’s no surprise terrestrial broadcaster ITV has commissioned Japandemonium. UK indie Zig Zag Productions is producing the series, which collates the best and funniest clips […]

Show of the Week: Black Tulip

Black Tulip has a number of unique selling points, as Pim van Collem, president and CEO of its distributor, Dutch Features, notes. “This is a suspenseful drama with lots of romantic elements intertwined,” says van Collem. “It comes from the biggest Dutch producer, NL Film and TV, which is known for its crime series Penoza, […]

Show of the Week: Morocco

Acquisitions execs around the globe often bite when presented the bait of a Beta Film-distributed Spanish-language drama, which is why there are high hopes for Morocco – Love in the Times of War. The show comes from Bambu Productions, the same company that provided Germany-based Beta with sales hits Grand Hotel and Velvet. As with […]

Show of the Week: La Zona

Buyers headed for MIPCOM may be interested to learn of the latest premium pay TV series from Jorge and Alberto Sánchez-Cabezudo, whom Beta Film executive Christian Gockel describes as “the Spanish Coen brothers”. La Zona is set three years after the deadly meltdown of a Northern Spanish nuclear reactor. With locals in mourning, an inspector […]

Show of the week: Quacks

Rev writer James Wood’s new comedy Quacks centres around egotistic doctor Robert Lessing (Rory Kinnear) and his friends: emerging anesthetist John (Tom Basden) and shy psychiatrist William (Matthew Baynton), and Lessing’s wife Caroline (Lydia Leonard), who has a insatiable libido. The comedy-drama, set in 1840s London, follows trials and tribulations the characters go through as […]

Show of the week: Becca’s Bunch

Becca’s Bunch is, according to Jam Media chief commercial officer John Reynolds, “something very different for the market”. The 52x11mins toon, which has a budget of €8 million (US$9.4 million), uses a mix of live-action, puppetry, and 2D and 3D animation to create a unique look. Dublin-based Jam has been working on Becca’s Bunch for […]

Show of the week Badanamu Cadets

Badanamu Cadets introduces a team of six dynamic, creative, and intrepid heroes-in-training. While studying under the ingenious Professor Pip and his team of ‘Eccos’, the Cadets learn everything they need to know to protect the town of Badanamu from the forces of chaos. The title is a 52x11mins CGI-animated preschool series targeting kids aged 4-7, […]

Show of the week: America’s Secret Space Heroes/Engineering Space

Across six one-hour episodes, America’s Secret Space Heroes tells the stories of the last surviving engineers behind some of the most spectacular achievements in space exploration. The episodes include the experiences of engineers who were challenged to create the world’s first reusable space vehicle, the Space Shuttle; the workers who paved the way for the […]