BBC orders Gangsta Granny

UK public broadcaster the BBC is making a TV version of kids book Gangsta Granny. The book was written by British comedian and actor David Walliams (Little Britain). The one-hour TV special based on the book will go out as part of the BBC One’s Christmas schedule. Julia McKenzie (Cranford), Joanna Lumley (Ab Fab), Rob […]

StudioCanal closes in on deal for Red Production Company (exclusive)

France-based movie producer and distributor StudioCanal is locked in exclusive takeover talks with UK indie producer Red Production Company, TBI can reveal. The studio, which is part of the Vivendi-owned Canal Plus Groupe, has already staked a claim in the TV world with the acquisition of Munich-based Pillars of the Earth and Crossing Lines producer […]

BBC One goes to the gym, Your Home

BBC One has commissioned a pair of entertainment formats, one that tasks celebrities to become gymnasts and the other a home makeover show. Let’s get Ready to Tumble (WT) will be a live series that will attempt to solve the BBC’s long standing Saturday night primetime problem. It will feature amateur celebrity gymnasts performing live […]

Four-year WWI season is BBC’s ‘biggest ever undertaking’

UK pubcaster the BBC will launch 130 programmes comprising 2,500 hours between 2014 and 2018 to commemorate the centenary of World War I, an initiative billed as biggest of kinds in British broadcasting history. The programmes will broadcast across the Beeb’s linear, online and radio channels across local and international feeds. The initiative is being […]

BBC adds time-shifted flagship net

The BBC has unveiled a new time-shifted +1 channel for its flagship BBC One network. BBC director general Tony Hall announced BBC One +1 today, saying:  “Any plan for channels starts with BBC One. Above all, BBC One needs to be on top form. It has to be the nation’s favourite channel, but also its […]

Doctor Who special to simulcast globally

The upcoming fiftieth anniversary episode of British sci-fi series Doctor Who will launch with a global simulcast to more than 75 territories in November. One-off special The Day of the Doctor (pictured) will go out globally on November 23 at the same time as the UK launch on BBC One, the pubcaster’s commercial arm BBC […]

Broadcasters get treatment from Indian Doctor

BBC One drama The Indian Doctor has sold to four major broadcasters, including a multi-territory deal with SPI International. The 15x60mins show, which Content Television distributes, has gone to TV2 in Denmark, Sky Network in New Zealand, Israeli cable operator Dori Media Spike and SPI for Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Former […]

UK broadcasters seek Help!, Trauma Doctors

UK pubcaster the BBC and commercial net Channel 5 have both ordered new shows from Cineflix Productions. BBC One has commissioned 1x60mins factual feature Help! My House is a Zoo (WT), while Channel 5 has placed an order for a second season of Trauma Doctors, which will have an extended 6x60mins run. Help! My House […]

All3 acquires stake in Matt Lucas prodco

All3Media has acquired a minority stake in John Stanley Productions, better known as Little Britain star Matt Lucas’ production company. The deal sees All3 becoming a shareholder in Lucas’ firm, and includes an international distribution agreement via All3Media International and a coproduction development pact with Stephen Lambert’s All3Media America. Farah Ramzan Golant, All3’s CEO said: […]

Outline scores Hat Trick distribution deal

The programme sales arm of UK-based producer Hat Trick has inked a deal with Outline Productions. Outline previously had a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Production to sell its new shows, but under the terms of the agreement announced today, Hat Trick International will sell these internationally, excluding the US. Outline is a UK […]