Biggest ever BBC Worldwide Showcase as over 640 TV buyers head to Liverpool

We’ve doubled the amount of content available to screen at Showcase this year with over 2800 hours of outstanding shows. We’re proud to host this flagship event for British TV exports and bring together such an impressive delegation of international buyers.”Steve Macallister, President & Managing Director, Sales & Distribution, BBC Worldwide
Date: 14.02.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.51
Category: BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide Showcase, the world’s largest international television market hosted by a single distributor, will open its doors to more than 640 international TV buyers and top acting talent at its new home in Liverpool from 26 – 29 February.

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Sir Tom Stoppard, Hugh Bonneville, Emilia Fox, Ruth Jones, Jessica Hynes and Michael Palin are just some of the names that will walk the red carpet at BBC Worldwide Showcase.  They will be joined by cast from high profile shows such as Inside Men, Sherlock, Fades, Inspector Lynley, Bedlam, DCI Banks and presenters Steve Backshall and Jimmy Docherty amongst many others.

“We’ve had a phenomenal response to our first Showcase in Liverpool,” said Steve Macallister, President & Managing Director, Sales & Distribution, BBC Worldwide.  “With a  significant increase in delegates from America and Asia and many digital clients attending for the first time including Hulu, Netflix, Yota, Onet, CME and FetchTV Australia we have exceeded our expectations and look forward to welcoming a record breaking number of delegates to this iconic city.”

Macallister added “We’ve doubled the amount of content available to screen at Showcase this year with over 2800 hours of outstanding shows.  We’re proud to host this flagship event for British TV exports and bring together such an impressive delegation of international buyers.”

BBC Worldwide is the largest distributor of TV programming outside of the US.  Showcase, in its 36th year, sees the BBC’s commercial arm generate programme sales on behalf of the BBC and independent producers providing a major boost to television exports and accounting for around 20% of BBC Worldwide’s annual programme sales. 

The event, held at Liverpool’s BT Convention Centre, encompasses exclusive content premieres for 10 genre areas including drama; science and natural history; lifestyle; music and children’s with sales teams and top producers pitching direct to clients.  New programmes such as Parade’s End, Attenborough’s Life Stories, Brazil with Michael Palin and Sinbad will be unveiled as buyers seek out the next international hit.  Special evening launches highlighting key titles and co-production forums that help generate investment into ambitious British productions are all part of the event. 

For the first time at Showcase buyers are invited to attend a bespoke conference dedicated to digital (29th February) featuring speakers such as Ted Sorandos (Chief Content Officer of Netflix), Somrat Niyogi (Miso Chief Executive), Christoph Bellmer (MD, Maxdome Germany), Adrian Letts (Co-Founder, Blinkbox, UK), Mike Walsh (CEO of consumer innovation research agency Tomorrow) and Scott Lorson (CEO, FetchTV Australia).  Seminars, panels and speeches will run throughout the day addressing areas such as IPTV and connected televisions, trends in over-the-top services and discussions around standardisation in digital formats and delivery.

Notes to editor:

  • BBC Worldwide sells programmes on behalf of the BBC and independent producers
  • BBC Worldwide has around 50,000 hours of programming in its catalogue
  • With 600 digi booths available at Showcase, the average buyer screens BBC Worldwide content for 6-8 hours a day over three days
  • 10 premier screenings at BBC Worldwide Showcase covering drama, natural history, music, childrens, comedy, science, history, documentaries, formats and lifestyle

Key titles at BBC Worldwide Showcase 2012:


Sinbad 12 x 50’ HD

A thrilling, modern, magical reinvention of the famous legend from the Arabian Nights by the makers of Primeval.

British Sky Broadcasting in association with BBC Worldwide present An Impossible Pictures Production

Parade’s End 5 x 60’, 6 x 44’ or 3 x 90’

Acclaimed screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard and director Susanna White bring Ford Madox Ford’s remarkable story of love and betrayal in Edwardian England to life in this landmark production starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall.

A Mammoth Screen production for the BBC in association with HBO Miniseries, Trademark Films, BBC Worldwide, Lookout Point and Arte co-produced with BNP Paribas Fortis Film Fund and Anchorage Entertainment. Filmed with the support of the Belgian federal government’s Tax Shelter scheme

Mad Dogs S2 4 x 45' HD

The explosive sequel to the acclaimed, sun-drenched thriller sees the lads stumble into even more dangerous territory.

A Left Bank Pictures production for Sky

Upstairs Downstairs S2 6 x 50’ HD

Set in the year preceding World War Two, 165 Eaton Place reopens its doors and welcomes viewers back into the enthralling lives of its inhabitants, both upstairs and down.

A BBC/Masterpiece coproduction

Wallander  S3 3 x 90’

The award-winning drama starring Kenneth Branagh returns for a third series with three thrilling investigations set in Sweden and Latvia.

A Left Bank Pictures/Yellow Bird/TKBC series for the BBC co-produced with Degeto, WGBH Boston, Film i Skane, the Riga Film Fund and TV4

Whitechapel S3 6 x 50’ HD

Rupert Penry-Jones returns as DI Chandler in three atmospheric and brooding stories set in London’s East End.

A Carnival Films production for ITV

Scott & Bailey S2  8 x 50’ HD

 Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp return in Sally Wainwright’s investigative drama exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives.

A Red production for ITV

Silk  S2 6 x 50’ HD

Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones return in Peter Moffat’s legal drama about the lives, loves and hard cases facing a group of top end barristers.

A BBC production

Call the Midwife  6 x 50’ HD

A moving, intimate, funny and, above all, true-to-lifelook at the colourful stories of midwifery and families in East London in the Fifties, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth.

A Neal Street production for BBC

Inside Men  4 x 50' HD

A thrilling four-part drama about three employees of a security depot who plan and execute a multimillion pound cash heist.

A BBC production

One Night  4 x 50' HD

Ted, Rochelle, Carol and Alfie – four lives linked together on one night by fate as one seemingly trivial argument spirals them all towards tragedy.

A BBC Production

Sherlock  S2  3 x 90’ HD

The multi award-winning super series is back as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson return to face the ultimate test in three of their most famous cases.

A Hartswood Films production for BBC Wales co-produced with MASTERPIECE


Starlings 8 x 45’ HD 

Candid, funny and very sweet, Starlings will warm your heart with familiar family eccentricities following the daily lives of this down to earth, working class brood.

A Baby Cow Production for Sky

Twenty Twelve S1 - 6 x 30' HD

Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Hynes, Olivia Colman and Amelia Bullmore star in this six-part comedy drama about the people paddling hard beneath the water to make the Olympics happen in London in 2012.

A BBC production

Absolutely Fabulous 20th Anniversary Specials 3 x 30' HD

The outrageous, but undeniably fabulous, ladies are back in the limelight for three brand new specials marking 20 years since they first took the world by storm.

A Saunders and French production for BBC, co-produced with BBC America and Logo


Andy’s Wild Adventures 40 x 15'

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have afternoon tea with a baboon or slide on your tummy with penguins? Charismatic CBeebies presenter Andy Day takes young audiences on an incredible journey into the natural world.

A BBC Natural History Unit production for CBeebies and BBC Worldwide


History of the World 8 x 50’

Bringing 70,000 years of human history to life, this epic series travels through time to the big stories of history. It is a human story populated with big characters in the places where the big events really happened.

A BBC/Discovery Channel Co-Production

The Great British Story 7x50’

Gripping drama reconstruction, the latest CGI, stunning cinematography, aerial footage and comments from international known British figures offer a fresh take on how Britain took shape.

A Nutopia production for Sky Atlantic

Natural History:

Attenborough’s Life Stories 3 x 50’

In this unique and important series Attenborough delivers his testimony in a trio of spectacular films, focusing on three areas which have transformed most profoundly over his career: film making, science and the environment.

A Co-Production Of BBC And Thirteen In Association With WNet New York Public Media

The Dark 3 x 50’ 

Braving the jungles and swamps of South America during the night, the team sheds light on previously unobserved creatures and strange behaviours, offering a totally new perspective on our wild planet.

A BBC/Discovery Channel/Terra Mater Co-Production


Planet Dinosaur 3D 1 x 50’

Transporting viewers to locations across the globe and back in time through hundreds of millions of years, Planet Dinosaur 3D brings to life the most awesome and amazing creatures that ever lived, rendered in visually stunning 3D technology.

A BBC/Discovery Channel/Zdf/Canal+ Co-Production


Top Gear Series 18 - 7 x 50' (Series 1 -18 plus Specials available)

In series 18 of the world’s most extreme car show, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May drive supercars across Italy, make a movie car chase, re-invent the mobility scooter, get soaking wet in track day cars and pay tribute to Saab.

A BBC production

Top Gear USA S1-2

Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for BBC Worldwide and HISTORY

Top Gear Australia S1-4

A Freehand production for the Nine Network; based on an original format produced by BBC

World’s Toughest Truckers 8 x 45' HD

Eight road-hardened truckers from around the world go wheel-to-wheel on eight of the planet's most treacherous truck journeys to discover who's all talk - and who’s the toughest trucker of them all!

A Dragonfly Film & Television Productions Ltd and GroupM Entertainment production for Channel 5 and Discovery Channel


Brazil with Michael Palin 4 x 55’ HD 

In this programme Michael Palin visits Brazil for the very first time, travelling from the lost world of Amazonia to the buzzing metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, to meet the people and visit the places that shape this nation.

A Prominent Television Production for BBC


Beyoncé: Live at Roseland 1 x 85’ HD

From her early days with Destiny’s Child to her latest album 4, Beyoncé shares her incredible journey so far… Featuring exclusive behind the scenes footage and performances of hits including Independent Women, Survivor and Single Ladies.

Produced By Columbia/Epic Pictures


For more information, please contact:

Lee Leschasin
Communications Manager, BBC Worldwide Content & Production, Sales & Distribution
T: + 44 (0) 2084331324


BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution

BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution is responsible for licensing programmes to customers around the world on behalf of the BBC and independent production companies.  As the largest exporter of finished television programmes outside of the US studios, this business manages a catalogue of around 50,000 hours spanning all genres.   It runs BBC Showcase, the world’s biggest programme trade fair organised by a single distributor and is also responsible for developing and sourcing funding and partners for international co-productions.  In 2010/11, Sales & Distribution generated gross profits of £64 million on gross sales of £260.6 million.


About BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has five core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products and Brands, Consumers & New Ventures, with digital ventures incorporated into each business area. In 2010/11, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £160 million on sales of £1158 million and returned £182m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: