Masterpiece


ITV, Masterpiece & Red Planet work on Jane Austen drama

ITV, Masterpiece and Red Planet Pictures are set to work on a new Jane Austen drama based on her final novel Sandition. Austen’s original 11-chapter series has been extended into a 8×60 minute drama series by War & Peace writer Andrew Davies. Filming is expected to commence in spring 2019. The title is a Red […]

Cumberbatch to produce, star in new BBC drama

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is to produce and star in a BBC One adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel about the loss of a child. Cumberbatch’s new indie, SunnyMarch TV, is coproducing The Child in Time with another fledgling prodco, Pinewood Television, and Masterpiece, the drama commissioning arm of US pubcaster PBS. Studiocanal, which has […]

ITV Studios to crown Victoria in Cannes

Queen Victoria will appear in Cannes on ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s MIPTV slate. Victoria, a new period drama for ITV and PBS, will be offered to buyers and has been selected to premiere at the first MIPDrama Screenings on Sunday, April 3. In the US, PBS has revealed it will air the series in the […]

Formats exec joins NBC after DRG exit

Formats executive Albertina Marfil has joined NBCUniversal International Studios after leaving rival distributor DRG, TBI has learned. Marfil had been with DRG since 2013, having previously worked at Cineflix Rights and IMG Media. She was most recently sales manager for North and South America and the Asia Pacific region. She has joined NBCU’s formats division […]

ITV’s Downton Abbey shutting down

UK broadcaster ITV is to end its cash-spinning period drama Downton Abbey after its sixth season. The Julian Fellowes-penned show has been a boon for ITV, America’s PBS and producer Carnival Films, which jointly made the announcement yesterday, and is the most-watched UK drama of the past decade. Soapy Downton follows the lives of an […]

Small Town America: don’t ignore local TV

British drama is currently the toast of Los Angeles and New York, with shows like The Missing from the BBC and Starz and ITV’s Grantchester launching recently to great critical acclaim, following on from the success of Broadchurch. The major cable channels backing of original UK drama is big news – whether it’s in the […]

British drama features on expanded Masterpiece

PBS will launch several new scripted series from the UK in its winter/spring schedules. The US public service channel, which has enjoyed great success with UK drama Downton Abbey as well as the likes of Call the Midwife, is coproducing some of the drama for its expanded Masterpiece strand and has acquired several other titles. […]

ITV orders more Downton

ITV has ordered a fifth season of hit period drama Downton Abbey. The UK broadcaster has greenlit another season following the success of the fourth, which has proved a big ratings winner in a Sunday night slot. The period drama is made by NBCUniversal-owned UK producer Carnival Films. It is distributed internationally by NBCU’s content […]

PBS orders new Mr. Selfridge range

US public broadcaster PBS has come onboard a second season of its period drama Mr. Selfridge, which will return to its Masterpiece Classic strand next year. The first season of the show, which broadcasts in the UK on terrestrial ITV, reached 15 million viewers in the US, with an average audience of four million. The […]