World Productions


News round-up: ‘Vigil’ and ‘Pembrokeshire Murders’ global pre-sales; Netflix orders Good Times animated reboot; Sony brings ‘Candice Renoir’ to LatAm

‘Vigil’ and ‘Pembrokeshire Murders’ in raft of global pre-sales Broadcasters around the world have acquired both UK thriller Vigil and true-crime drama The Pembrokeshire Murders, following a raft of pre-sales by ITV Studios. Both series are produced by London-based World Productions, which is behind international hits Line Of Duty and Bodyguard. The 6 x 60-minute […]

Show of the Week: The Pembrokeshire Murders

Delving into two real-life unsolved double-murders from the 1980s, The Pembrokeshire Murders follows the cold-case hunt for the most notorious serial killer in Welsh history. Set in 2006, nearly two decades after the murders took place, the drama follows newly promoted detective Steve Wilkins as he decides to reopen the cases, employing modern forensic techniques […]

UKTV’s Alibi orders Spanish drama from ‘Bodyguard’ firm World Productions

UKTV’s crime drama channel Alibi has ordered a six-part Spanish series written by The Tunnel’s Ben Richards and to be produced by Bodyguard firm World Productions. The Diplomat (6 x 60-minutes) is set around the British Consul in Barcelona and follows two colleagues who mix the roles of lawyer, counsellor and cop as they deal […]

ITV Studios takes distribution rights to BBC crime thriller ‘Line Of Duty’

ITV Studios (ITVS) has picked up distribution rights to the sixth season of UK drama Line Of Duty, the Jed Mercurio thriller previously sold by the now defunct Kew Media Distribution (KMD). Line Of Duty is produced by ITVS-owned World Productions and follows the exploits of AC-12, a police division exploring corruption within the force. […]

ITV Studios snags second window sales for ‘Bodyguard’

ITV Studios (ITVS) has struck a raft of deals for its scripted series including Jed Mercurio’s crime hit Bodyguard, as Covid-19 drives up demand for second window rights. The six-part show, from ITVS-owned World Productions, was first available in 2018 via the UK’s BBC and Netflix elsewhere but has now been picked up by Seven […]

‘Line Of Duty’s World Productions options Nikita Lalwani novel

ITV Studios-owned World Productions has optioned You People, the upcoming third novel from author Nikita Lalwani. The novel follows enigmatic south London restauranteur Tuli, who uses his business as a base to provide essential but dubious services for those in need. Among those that come to him for aid are Nia, who is running from […]

BritBox joins ITV’s true crime drama ‘The Pembrokeshire Murders’

ITV and BBC Studios’ North American streamer BritBox has boarded a forthcoming true crime drama starring Beauty And The Beast’s Luke Evans. The streamer becomes a co-producer on The Pembrokeshire Murders, which focuses on historic cold cases in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is being written by Nick Stevens (In Plain Sight) and executive produced by Simon […]

World Productions founder Tony Garrett dies aged 83

World Productions’ founder Tony Garnett has died at the age of 83. Garnett worked on dramas such as Cathy Come Home and Kes for the BBC during his early career, before moving to Hollywood during the 1980s where he was behind films such as Follow That Bird. He launched World Productions in 1990 with the […]

BBC Studios names ‘Bodyguard’ exec to head drama for production arm

BBC Studios (BBCS) has appointed Bodyguard producer Priscilla Parish to lead the drama division at its production arm. Parish, who becomes head of drama for BBCS Production, will report to director of content Ralph Lee and will be responsible for the creative strategy and development for BBCS drama series and serials, daytime drama and factual […]

ITVS GE sends ‘Bodyguard’ to China

Bodyguard is heading to China. ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has sold mainland Chinese broadcasting rights to the hit drama to Huanxi Media Group Limited, which will stream the title on huanxi.com. The platform provides domestic and international films as well as scripted TV drama. Bodyguard was created and written by Line Of Duty […]