The Durrells


ITV greenlights fourth season of Corfu-based drama The Durrells

Following the success of the first three series, ITV has ordered a fourth installment of Corfu-based drama The Durrells, which is based loosely on Gerald Durrell’s series of novels The Corfu Trilogy. Produced by Sid Gentle Films, the new series will again be written by Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly). All of the main cast […]

BBCWW takes majority stake in Sid Gentle Films

BBC Worldwide has taken a 51% stake in British scripted drama and feature film company Sid Gentle Films. The agreement follows a prior distribution relationship between the two companies, and includes an option for a phased increase in ownership by BBCWW in the coming years. The team have since produced titles such as The Durrells […]

BBC First extends Dutch distribution

BBC Worldwide is upping the distribution of BBC First in the Netherlands after agreeing a deal with TV, internet and phone provider Caiway. The operator will carry the ‘best of British drama’ channel from June 15, and it will available to its 200,000 subscribers. The fully localised Dutch version of BBC First is already available […]

SVT takes large BBC Worldwide package

Swedish pubcaster SVT has acquired a wide-ranging programming deal with BBC Worldwide. SVT has often looked to the BBC’s commercial arm, and this time round has bought series such as Top of the Lake: China Girl (pictured), which stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies) and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones). The […]

Worldwide touts drama sales ahead of Showcase

BBC Worldwide has shopped several of its drama series to buyers, including SS-GB to RTL in Germany and War and Peace to an SVOD service in Russia. SS-GB, which was a key title at Showcase last year, launched on BBC One last night in the UK. The alternative history drama has been acquired by RTL Pay, […]

BBC Worldwide Showcase: big drama in Liverpool

Buyers will get a first look at some of 2017’s most-anticipated dramas at BBC Worldwide Showcase including first looks at the new Top of the Lake, starring Nicole Kidman, Jimmy McGovern’s Broken, and Peter Moffat’s period drama The Last Post. Misha Glenny’s McMafia will also be on show while White Gold, reuniting several of The […]

ITV discovers Tutankhamun drama

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered a four-part miniseries telling the story of the discovery of Ancient Egyptian boy-king Tutankhamun’s tomb. Tutankhamun, beginning in 1905, will follow solitary young archaeologist Howard Carter as he fervently leads an expedition into the Valley of the Kings in 1921 with the backing of aristocrat Lord Carnarvon. Guy Burt, who […]

ITV sets dramas with Nye, Bridge writer

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned a crime series from the screenwriter behind The Bridge, a drama from Men Behaving Badly writer Simon Nye, a prequel to Prime Suspect. Hans Rosenfeldt script for Marcella has given the greenlight, with Cineflix Media-backed Buccaneer Media attached. It is being billed as “Scandinavian noir on the streets of Britain”. […]