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‘Death In Paradise’ exec Belinda Campbell talks “exceptional” scripted TV

Red Planet Pictures’ joint-MD Belinda Campbell says that “good is not good enough” when it comes to adapting IP for the screen. The exec, whose UK company is behind scripted series such as BBC1/France 2 crime drama Death In Paradise and ITV historical drama Sanditon, shared her thoughts on the kind of material that makes a good scripted adaptation […]

BBC extends ‘Death In Paradise’ for two more seasons

UK pubcaster the BBC has recommissioned the Red Planet Pictures-produced crime drama Death In Paradise for two more seasons. The series will return for an 11th and 12th season on BBC One, where its 10th season debuts in the UK this evening (7 January). The show is distributed internationally by BBC Studios. Filmed on the […]

ITV adapts Louise Candlish’s thriller ‘Our House’, orders Kevin Macdonald Covid doc

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has bolstered its drama and doc slate by handing out commissions for an adaptation of Louise Candlish’s literary thriller Our House and a Covid-19 documentary from Kevin Macdonald. Scripted series Our House is a four-parter that is being adapted by screenwriter Simon Ashdown and produced by Red Planet Pictures, with joint MD Belinda […]

Production resumes on BBC’s ‘Death In Paradise’

Production has begun on the tenth season of UK pubcaster BBC One’s Caribbean-set crime series Death In Paradise, making it one of the first British single camera dramas to resume filming since lockdown. Production company Red Planet Pictures have worked with the BBC and other industry bodies and prodcos to develop a detailed Covid-19 protocol […]

TBI Weekly: Windowing battle brews for the BBC  

Senior producers and BBC Studios execs have spoken out about the public broadcaster’s plans to extend the 30-day iPlayer window into a full year, as BBC Two lags six months behind Amazon’s premiere date for big-budget co-production Good Omens. The future of the BBC’s catch-up service – where hit show Bodyguard racked up around 10.8m views […]

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 […]

Red Planet expands with Scott Free, BBC hires

UK-based producer Red Planet Pictures has hired execs from Scott Free Productions and the BBC as part of a wider expansion of its ranks. The hires see former BBC development exec Sarah Barton joining as head of development from Scott Free, BBC Wales development chief Michelle Frances becoming literary acquisitions executive, Rowan Greenaway named development […]

BBC Studios taps Red Planet for Wales drama chief

Red Planet Pictures’ Simon Winstone is joining the production arm of UK pubcaster the BBC. He will be head of drama – Wales at BBC Studios, which this month switched from a non-profit organisation to a wholly-owned BBC commercial subsidiary. BBC Studios’ Welsh productions include sci-fi stalwart Doctor Who, soap Casualty (which head of continuing drama […]

UK indie poaches C5 commissioner for reality push

UK-based drama producer Red Planet Pictures has recruited Channel 5 commissioner Simon Raikes to spearhead a push into unscripted. Red Planet was set up by veteran writer Tony Jordan in 2005 and its drama credits include BBC series Death in Paradise and The Ark. Raikes will be work up a slate of factual and fact-ent […]