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Show of the week: Bloodlands

This gritty four-part crime thriller, set in Northern Ireland, is from emerging talent Chris Brandon – best-known for adapting Rock Creek Park for TV – and the mercurial Jed Mercurio of Line Of Duty and Bodyguard fame. The BBC One four-parter is from Hat Trick Mercurio Television (HTM Television) and stars James Nesbitt (The Missing, Cold […]

Exclusive: Distributors tweak windows amid growing demand, prep for MIPCOM impact

Distributors have seen an “upturn” in demand from broadcasters and streamers as measures to reduce the spread of Coronavirus result in captive audiences at home, with rights windows being tweaked to satisfy buyers’ requirements. Ratings giant Nielsen yesterday said housebound users could stream 60% more video during the pandemic, while Nordic streamer Viaplay has reported […]

Show of the week: Kate & Koji

This British sitcom has been co-written and produced by Drop The Dead Donkey scribes Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin. It follows the “sparky friendship” between a white, working class seaside café owner and a refugee African doctor, played by Brenda Blethyn (Vera) and Jimmy Akingbola (Holby City) respectively. “Both Brenda and Jimmy have a gift […]

Show of the week: Inside Missguided

This four-part docuseries taps into the trend of fast fashion and the highs and lows of operating in the clothing business. It revolves around the Missguided brand, which grew rapidly over eight years into a major player in the UK fashion world, turning over more than £200m ($260m) a year. The 4 x 60 minute […]

Show of the week: Drag Lab

Distributor: Hat Trick International Producer: Summer Films Broadcaster: Channel 4 (UK) Logline: A British drag collective gives guests lacking in confidence a drag makeover Summer Films’ 6 x 60-minute series centers on one of the UK’s most popular drag collectives, Manchester’s The Family Gorgeous, which hosts a monthly workshop where they teach guests how to […]

Hat Trick’s Whose Line is it Anyway? heads to the Middle East

Unscripted comedy format Whose Line is it Anyway? is set to be adapted for the Middle East and will be the first version to be produced in Arabic. Commissioned by Ten TV from Cairo-based Global Productions, the local adaptation will initially air for 14 episodes. The series is now in production and will debut in December […]

Hat Trick hires ex-Gaumont exec for first acquisitions role

Hat Trick International (HTI) has hired former Gaumont exec Hana Zidek as its first acquisitions executive for third party titles. Zidek has been at HTI for 13 months on maternity cover for Sarah Bickley, who is now back in her role as senior sales executive. In this role, Zidek sold scripted series and formats, in […]

UKTV takes Pop copro as W’s debut drama original

Britain’s UKTV has commissioned its first ever original drama for its W net, a coproduction with US cable channel Pop that has Anna Paquin (The Piano) as its star. Flack will follow as a sharp and witty American PR guru living in London, whose working expertise clashes with her inability to have a successful personal […]

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