Nordic buyers board Expectation’s crime procedural ‘The Chelsea Detective’

Nordic buyers SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway, DR in Denmark and YLE in Finland have struck pre-sale deals for upcoming procedural The Chelsea Detective, which has been created by Expectation co-CEO Peter Fincham. The drama was unveiled in March and has been commissioned by Acorn TV and ZDF in Germany. It follows a recently divorced […]

Unscripted round-up: Rocket takes ‘Essex Lorry Killers’ doc; Protagonist crowned ‘The Kings’ distributor; Channel 4 heads for Beverly Hills

Rocket takes ‘Essex Lorry Killers’ doc Rocket Rights has acquired international distribution rights to one-off British documentary Hunting The Essex Lorry Killers. Produced by UK-based Expectation for BBC Two, the film tracks the investigation into the death of 39 Vietnamese migrants who suffocated in the back of a lorry in October 2019 whilst being trafficked […]

Acorn TV, Germany’s ZDF & BBC Studios link up for Expectation drama with Peter Fincham

AMC Networks-owned streamer Acorn TV and ZDF in Germany have commissioned a new drama created by Expectation co-CEO Peter Fincham. The Chelsea Detective (4 x 90-minute) follows a recently divorced policeman who lives on a battered houseboat while solving crimes committed by the affluent elite who live in the area. Glen Laker (Vera), Fincham and Liz Lake (Riviera) […]

Expectation options Njambi McGrath’s ‘Through the Leopard’s Gaze’

UK-based producer Expectation has optioned comedian Njambi McGrath’s book Through the Leopard’s Gaze. Rights have been acquired from Emily Sweet Associates, with the “raw, powerful memoir” tracing the author’s journey from her erratic and disturbing upbringing in Kenya to her outwardly settled London life. The book also explores the brutality of colonialism and its devastating […]

Hulu picks up UK coming-of-age comedy ‘In My Skin’

US streamer Hulu has acquired UK prodco Expectation’s dark coming-of-age comedy In My Skin. The five-part series, which is distributed by BBC Studios and is currently airing on BBC Three and BBC Wales in the UK, with the finale episode due to air tonight – 29 April. It will premiere on Hulu on 4 June. […]

BBC, Channel 4 unveil Covid-19 plans & fast turnaround shows

UK broadcasters Channel 4 and the BBC have unveiled a raft of new programming as they look to attract viewers during the Covid-19 lockdown and fill gaps left by the cancellation of major events. With events such as the Olympics and music festival Glastonbury postponed for 12 months, the BBC has said it is preparing […]

UKTV unveils Mel Giedroyc comedy, return of ‘World’s Most Dangerous Roads’

UKTV’s entertainment channel Dave has unveiled a raft of new programming including a new comedy panel show from Mel Giedroyc and the return of World’s Most Dangerous Roads. Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable (8 x 60 minutes) will air later this year and is being produced by UK prodco Expectation. The format invites three celebrity guests to […]

Expectation’s Amy Flanagan departs to join BBC Studios

BBC Studios (BBCS) Production has appointed former Expectation exec Amy Flanagan to lead its expanding documentary unit, which has been behind shows including Thatcher: A Very British Revolution as well as Life And Death Row. BBCS Documentary Unit, which has bases in London and Scotland, produces shows from Louis Theroux and is also behind Sacred […]

Expectation’s Kirstie Macdonald joins NENT, FilmNation’s JV

FilmNation Entertainment and Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group have appointed Kirstie Macdonald as creative director of the companies’ recently announced UK-based joint venture. Macdonald, who has been behind shows such as Line Of Duty, Save Me and The Fear, will lead the JV’s UK team and be responsible for building the company’s production slate. She will […]

Expectation hires ‘The Circle’ EP as creative director of entertainment

Expectation has hired former Studio Lambert exec and The Circle executive producer Daisy Lilley as creative director of entertainment. Lilley – whose experience spans entertainment, reality and fact ent – was most recently an executive producer with All3Media-owned Studio Lambert, where she developed and exec produced the Channel 4 format, which was picked up by […]