ABC expands ‘Death In Paradise’ crime drama franchise with Australian spin-off

Australian broadcaster ABC has commissioned Return To Paradise, a spin-off from long-running British-French crime comedy series Death In Paradise. Set to launch on ABC in 2024, the series is being produced by BBC Studios Productions Australia with Red Planet Pictures, in association with UK pubcaster the BBC, which will screen the series on BBC One […]

Ant & Dec’s Mitre Studios hires Talkback & BBC alum Ed Sleeman as managing director

Mitre Studios, the UK production company run by TV personalities Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, have appointed Great Scott Media co-founder and Talkback and BBC alum Ed Sleeman to the position of managing director. Sleeman will lead the team and drive content opportunities across multiple platforms and genres. Reporting directly to the board, he will […]

Dan Grabiner & Nicola Hill’s Orchard Studios hires BBC commissioner & ITN producer

BBC factual entertainment commissioner Clare Mottershead and ITN exec Nat Lippiett have joined Orchard Studios, the UK prodco launched by former Amazon Studios UK & Northern Europe chief Dan Grabiner. Lippiett, who was behind Harry: The Interview last year and Prime Video’s docuseries The Confession, becomes head of programmes at Orchard, which was founded by […]

BBC extends Dutch format remake ‘The Traitors’ ahead of second season launch

The UK’s BBC has greenlit a third run of hit format The Traitors, ahead of the launch of its second season. The psychological reality competition show sees 22 strangers play the ultimate game of detection, backstabbing and trust, in the hope of winning up to £120,000 ($146,000). The BBC claimed that the first season of […]

Irish crime drama ‘Kin’ lands on UK’s BBC

Irish crime drama Kin has been picked up by the UK’s BBC. The eight-part series was produced for Ireland’s RTÉ by BRON Studios, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, alongside Headline Pictures (The Man In The High Castle), with Fifth Season distributing. The series is written and created by Peter McKenna (The Last Kingdom). […]

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