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BBC takes Agatha Christie rights

UK public broadcaster the BBC has won UK rights to Agatha Christie and has announced two new drama adaptations of the famous author’s works. BBC One will air new versions of murder mysteries And Then There Were None and Partners in Crime. Red Arrow-owned UK-based producer Endor will make the six-episode Partners in Crime adaptation […]

Spain’s drama producers look to go global

Spain’s crisis has forced TV producers to seek international business. Local fiction continues to dominate Spanish primetime, but the dramatic fall in investment in TV advertising has obliged broadcasters to cut their budgets for originals. Creating virtue out of necessity, an increasing number of drama producers are looking beyond Spanish border and beginning to reap […]

First UK producers receive tax break confirmation

A pair of CBeebies toons and three BBC One dramas are the first UK projects to officially qualify for new television production tax breaks. The CBeebies series are Karrot Entertainment’s Sarah and Duck (pictured) and Famous Flying Films and Mackinnon & Saunders-produced Calamity Island, while Red Planet Pictures’ crime series By Any Means, Origin Pictures’ […]

CEE nets detect ITV Studios crime series

Broadcasters in Russia and Lithuania have secured major package deals totaling 164 hours of detective dramas with distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Russia’s TV Centre has bought a 48-hour package comprising the thirteenth and final series of Agatha Christie’s Poirot; season six of Agatha Christie’s Marple; and the three most recent seasons of Lewis, all […]

BBC’s Cohen bows out with drama commissions

Danny Cohen’s final drama commissions as the controller of UK terrestrial channel BBC One include a series about the inventor of Chester Zoo and a Charles Dickens-themed show from Tony Jordan. Cohen will soon become the BBC’s director of television overseeing all four main BBC channels and other programme-related services. He said: “It has been […]