Cannes to stage Death in Paradise - BBC Worldwide launch new BBC/France Télévisions drama series at MIPCOM 2011

BBC Worldwide is having a stellar year with more stand-out drama in our catalogue than ever beforeSteve Macallister, President & Managing Director for BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution
Date: 19.09.2011     Last updated: 19.03.2014 at 09.31
Category: BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide is to play host to Death in Paradise stars, Ben Miller (The Armstrong & Miller Show, Primeval) and Sara Martins (Tell No One, Little White Lies) when they arrive at MIPCOM to launch the ambitious new eight-part detective series. BBC Worldwide will introduce the title to international buyers at a special event in Cannes on Tuesday, 4th October.

Also premiering at MIPCOM will be a raft of exciting new dramas including the stunning Dickens’ adaptation Great Expectations, crime thriller The Body Farm and supernatural suspense series The Fades.

Steve Macallister, President & Managing Director for BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution, says: "BBC Worldwide is having a stellar year with more stand-out drama in our catalogue than ever before. Returning hits including Sherlock (S2) and Misfits (S3) sit alongside some very exciting new titles such as The Body Farm and Great Expectations and, of course, the international thriller Torchwood: Miracle Day.

"We're continuing to invest in some really high-profile shows and we are particularly proud to be part of the production partnership for Death in Paradise. Red Planet Pictures and Atlantique Productions have produced a superb detective series, the first ever drama collaboration between BBC and France Télévisions."

Death in Paradise sees quintessential British cop Richard Poole (Miller) posted to the Caribbean island of Sainte Marie where, unsuited to the Caribbean way of life, he struggles with the sun, sea, sand and the local style of policing. Working alongside feisty local cop DS Camille Bordey (played by French actress Sara Martins); Richard must solve a series of intricate and intriguing murders.

The much anticipated 3x50’ series Great Expectations is a raw and passionate adaptation of one of Dickens’ finest novels, starring Gillian Anderson, Douglas Booth and Ray Winstone.

For something completely different The Body Farm sees the boundaries of experimental forensic research pushed to the limit as Waking the Dead's forensic pathologist Dr Eve Lockhart (Tara Fitzgerald) and her new team get under the skin of murder victims to trace their killers. Another pulse stopping drama, supernatural thriller The Fades, investigates the story of two young men who must save humanity from vengeful spirits of the dead, starring Iain De Caestecker and Daniel Kaluuya.

Already snapped up by broadcasters globally, the explosive 10-part series Torchwood: Miracle Day will be on offer at MIPCOM, as will returning series Sherlock (S2), Misfits (S3) and Being Erica (S4).

Also sashaying into Cannes like none before are the Absolutely Fabulous: 20TH ANNIVERSARY Specials. Iconic actresses Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley reprise their award-winning performances as Edina and Patsy in three specials: we see a life changing experience for one of the characters; Eddy sets her sights on changing the career of a very big fish indeed; and Eddy and Patsy play their own very special part in the London 2012 Olympics.

In children’s drama, Sadie J (S2) is back for the kids with a glossy and fun new series. Joined again by her best friends Kit and DeDe, this series sees 13-year-old Sadie fall in love with hot surfer dude, Taylor Bell, and DeDe questions her good-girl persona.



Production Credits

Death in Paradise

8 x 50’ - Red Planet Pictures and Atlantique Productions in association with BBC Worldwide and Kudos Film and TV for BBC and France Télévisions, produced with support from the region of Guadeloupe.

Great Expectations

3 x 50’ - A BBC/WG BH co-production

The Body Farm

6 x 50’ or 2 x 45’ & 5 x 50’ - A BBC Drama Production in association with Projector Pictures

The Fades

6 x 50’ - A BBC/BBC America co-production

Torchwood: Miracle Day

10 x 50’ - Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Worldwide and Starz Entertainment

Sherlock (S2)

3 x 90’ - A Hartswood Films production for BBC co-produced with MASTERPIECE

Misfits (S3)

8 x 50’ - A Clerkenwell Films production for E4

Being Erica (S4)

11 x 45’ - A Temple Street production for CBC

Absolutely Fabulous: 20TH ANNIVERSARY Specials

3 x 30’- A Saunders and French production for BBC, co-produced with BBC America and Logo

Sadie J (S2)

13 x 30’ - A BBC production


Julia Holmes