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BBC Four acquires German drama Reformation

UK channel BBC Four has acquired German-language drama Reformation: The Story of Martin Luther, and is planning a natural history-themed slow TV show. Reformation: The Story of Martin Luther is a 2x120mins series that about the life of the titular religious figure, whose thesis changed the Catholic Church forever. FremantleMedia-owned UFA Fiction produced the show […]

All3Media comedy drama headed to ABC in Oz

All3Media international has concluded a deal in Australia for the BBC Four comedy drama Bucket. Solution 3 Productions’ Bucket will make its primetime debut in Australia on pubcaster ABC later this year. ABC Commercial has also secured the physical and digital home entertainment rights to both Bucket and Fleabag in Australia and New Zealand. The […]

Kirkham: no topic ‘taboo’ for BBC Factual

BBC factual controller Alison Kirkham has pledged that “no subject should be taboo” for the UK public broadcaster’s output, as she unveiled a number of new commissions last night. Speaking at an event in London, Kirkham outlined her vision for BBC factual commissioning, saying the pubcaster could not “shy away from ambitious, complicated programmes”. Kirkham […]

BBC celebrates Gay Britannia

UK pubcaster the BBC is to run a season of programmes celebrating gay culture in Britain. The Gay Britannia season comes on the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Programmes will play on BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four, and on BBC radio stations. Among the highlights is a […]

BBC Four enters Sweden’s Black Lake

UK network BBC Four has acquired Swedish thriller series Black Lake. The 8x45mins mystery drama follows a group of young friends and a series on unsettling events that occur when they visit an abandoned ski resort. The series comes from Banijay Group-owned Jarowskij and is for TV3 in Sweden, where it has been a top-rating […]

BBC Four buys Spanish drama

Spanish drama I Know Who You Are is headed for culture-themed UK network BBC Four. The acquisition of the 10x70mins series marks the first time the BBC has acquired a Spanish-produced drama, though its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, did coproduce The Refugees with Atresmedia in 2014. I Know Who You Are (aka Sé Quién Eres) comes […]

BBC rejigs factual unit under McDonald

UK pubcaster the BBC has restructured its specialist factual and natural history units team, handing execs new roles and creating new positions. Tom McDonald will remain at the helm of the natural history and specialist factual departments, but now as overall strategy for television and digital. His post covers natural history, science, religion and ethics […]

BBC Four plants Roots with A+E

UK pubcaster the BBC is among the latest to buy A+E Networks’ reworking of the Alex Haley novel of the same name. BBC Four will play the show, which launched at MIPCOM last year and was for History in the US, along with new buyers Numero 23 in France, DBS YES in Israel, Showmax pan-Africa […]

Nick Fraser exiting BBC for SVOD service

Long-serving BBC factual commissioner Nick Fraser is leaving the UK pubcaster to launch a new subscription VOD service. Fraser (pictured) has edited the acclaimed Storyville documentary strand since its inception 17 years ago, and been involved in more than 340 films over the course of his career. He is now joining doc-focused SVOD service Yaddo, […]

Ex-BBC, ITV factual chief joins Banijay prodco

Richard Klein has resurfaced at Banijay Group-owned unscripted producer IWC Media. The former BBC Four controller and ITV director of factual has been named creative director the London- and Glasgow-based company, which created factual series such as Africa with Griff Rhys Jones for ITV and Britain’s Benefit Tenants for Channel 4. Klein (pictured) left ITV […]