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‘Sanditon’ revived by PBS & BritBox for two more seasons

British period drama Sanditon has been saved from cancellation, with the show recommissioned for a second and third season by PBS in the US and streaming service BritBox for the UK. The series was dropped by original UK commissioner ITV1, following its first 8 x 60-minute season, in 2019. The two new seasons will instead make […]

PBS, ARTE France & Channel 4 co-commission 9/11 anniversary doc from Arrow Pictures

PBS in the US, ARTE in France and Channel 4 in the UK have jointly commissioned London-based factual producer Arrow Pictures for a new feature-length documentary about the ongoing impact of the 9/11 terror attacks. The 1 x 120-minute Generation 9/11 will mark the 20th anniversary of the al-Qaeda-orchestrated terrorist attacks on the US on […]

Show of the Week: Professor T

Original Death In Paradise leading man Ben Miller returns to the detective genre with this new drama that tackles as many mental health issues as it does violent crimes. Miller plays the titular Professor Jasper Tempest – aka Professor T – a brilliant but unorthodox criminology teacher at England’s prestigious University of Cambridge, who is […]

Show of the week: Cured

This documentary reveals the story behind the battle between LGBTQ activists and the American Psychiatric Association (APA), who until 1973 classified homosexuality as a mental illness. The timely show, available as a 90-minute or 60-minute special, tracks what is arguably the most significant turning point in gay liberation history, combining eyewitness testimony with never-before-seen archival […]

Channel 4 remakes Swedish drama with Walter Presents founders’ prodco

Channel 4 in the UK has ordered a remake of Swedish drama Before We Die, with Eagle Eye Drama – the company launched by the founders of streamer Walter Presents – attached to produce. The six-part crime thriller, which will be known as Before We Die in the UK as well, will star Lesley Sharp, […]

News round-up: India’s Zee5 launches first Pakistani original; PBS launches docs on Amazon; Global Agency sells ‘Mr Wrong’

India’s Zee5 launches first Pakistani original India’s Zee5 Global streaming platform will launch its first Pakistani original series, Churails, next month. The 10 x 55-minute series will be available from 11 August as part of Zee5’s Zindagi world cinema strand. The series follows four women who operate a secret detective agency exposing cheating husbands in […]

BBC Four & PBS visit Notre Dame with Windfall Films

BBC Four in the UK and US broadcaster PBS have commissioned a special-access documentary from Windfall Films about the race to save and rebuild the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris in France. Rebuilding Notre Dame: Inside The Great Cathedral Rescue (1 x 60-minute), from the Argonon Group-owned Windfall, will air on BBC Four in […]

PBS bites at Blink’s pet documentaries

UK indie Blink Films has produced two new documentaries about the history and secret lives of pets for PBS’s science strand NOVA. Dog Tales and Cat Tales (2×60-minutes), include interviews with geneticists, experts in animal behaviour, archaeologists, vets and scientists to explore the history of the two species, and investigates how their relationship with humans has shaped their evolution […]

Attenborough to front BBC, PBS series about secret lives of plants

Sir David Attenborough has been attached to present BBC Studios’ forthcoming five-part blue chip series that explores the unseen world of plants. Green Planet was first revealed in February and will debut on BBC One in the UK and PBS in the US in 2021. It is being produced by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit […]

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