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BBC lines up factual for One, Two

UK pubcaster the BBC has made factual commissions for flagship channels BBC One and BBC Two. For BBC One, controller Charlotte Moore and acting head of commissioning, documentaries announced 1x60mins Brett: A Life With No Arms, 3x60mins Cancer (WT), 3x60mins All Change at Longleat and 1x60mins Black Cab White Cab. BBC Two and Four, meanwhile, […]

BBC Follows the Money with Danish drama deal

Follow the Money (Bedraget) has become the latest foreign-language drama acquired by UK public broadcaster the BBC for its high-end arts, culture and drama channel BBC Four channel. The show hails from Danish pubcaster DR and is sold by DR Sales, which struck the BBC deal. It was penned by Borgen co-writer Jeppe Gjervig Gram […]

Trapped marks Icelandic drama first for the BBC

UK public broadcaster the BBC has bought Trapped, the upcoming Icelandic drama from local filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur. The ten-part series will go out on BBC Four in the UK, marking its latest foreign drama acquisition after the channel bought Swedish series including Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves and Crimes of Passion from Sweden, Hostages from Israel […]

Family Guy moving to BBC Two pre-ITV

American animated sitcom Family Guy will switch from BBC Three to BBC Two in the UK before moving to commercial channel ITV in 2017. BBC Two and BBC Four controller Kim Shillinglaw made the announcement last night at a preview event, during which she also revealed new programmes from the likes of Sue Perkins, Nigella […]

BBC Four embraces slow TV

UK public service arts and culture channel BBC Four is embarking on a season of slow TV, the real-time TV phenomenon that was started by Norwegian pubcaster NRK. The BBC Four slow TV season will comprise three voiceover-free slow series. Three-part half-hour series Make will be produced in-house and follow traditional craftsman as they make […]

News brief: More broadcasters unlock The Code

AMC Networks’ Sundance Channel has acquired Australian drama The Code for its channels in Asia and the Middle East. DCD Rights distributes the political thriller, which launched on ABC in Australia last September. Internationally, it has already been picked up by channels including Arte in France, BBC Four in the UK, DirecTV in the US […]

How coproduction returned to Wales

S4C’s CEO Ian Jones explains the conditions that have seen internationally-coproduced drama return to Wales. I became chief executive of S4C, the Welsh-language broadcaster, in early 2012, at a time of major change within the industry. This change has not only reshaped our sector, but also how we at S4C work – including our strategic […]

BBC outlines another £400m in cost cuts

The BBC is set to outline how it can make an additional £400 million (US$630 million) of savings a year by 2017. The UK public broadcaster has already made a swathe of cost cuts, involving the loss of 1,000 jobs and, a new report will say, £1.1 billion a year in savings. The BBC is […]

Belgium virus drama among new BBC shows

UK channel BBC Four’s love-affair with European drama has continued with the acquisition of Belgium series Cordon and new seasons of Spiral and The Bridge. Cordon (pictured) is a 10x60mins drama from Warner Bros-owned Eyeworks that follows events after the Antwerp is hermetically sealed off from the outside world after a deadly virus outbreak strikes […]

BBC Four breaks Australia’s The Code

UK digital channel BBC Four has acquired Australian drama The Code. BBC Four claims the deal with distributor DCD Rights confirms its “reputation as the true home of international drama”. The Code, a 6x60mins series from Aussie prodco Playmaker, tells the story of two very different brothers who uncover top-level political information that places them […]