hours of new BBC programming set for international audience
Worldwide will present more than 600 hours of new programming, from
across the full range of BBC output, at the Mipcom TV programme
market in Cannes (October 10-14th 2003). The line-up includes top
quality drama, entertainment, natural history, science, music, history
and the very best in children's programming.
(2 x 75 mins) leads the drama line-up, starring Jonny Lee Millar
(Trainspotting), Vanessa Redgrave (The Gathering Storm, Wilde) and
Natasha Little (Man and Boy, Spooks). The ultimate rebel who became
famous overnight, Byron revolutionised English poetry and scandalised
London society. This powerful drama is directed by Julian Farino
(Flesh and Blood) and written by Nick Dear (Persuasion). Byron is
a BBC co-production with A&E.
animals are the stars of Pride (1 x 90 mins), the groundbreaking,
live-action family drama, set against the visually stunning backdrop
of East Africa. The combination of breathtaking natural history
footage, cutting-edge animation, high profile voice cast and a skillful
script by Simon Nye, allow the animals to tell their own story.
Voice cast includes Kate Winslet (Titanic, Iris), Helen Mirren (Gosford
Park, Prime Suspect) and Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Golden Eye).
Pride is produced by John Downer and is a BBC/A&E co-production
in association with ProSieben.
epic BBC Natural History series Wild Australasia (6 x 50
mins) journeys through time and space to explore Australasia's natural
wonders. From tropical jungles and vast shallow coral reefs to burning
deserts and snowy mountains, Wild Australasia reveals its hidden
secrets and explains why its wildlife and wilderness are so special.
Produced by Neil Nightingale (The Private Life of Plants), this
is a BBC/Animal Planet/ABC Australia co-production.
the producers of The Blue Planet, BBC Worldwide presents Nile -
Land of Crocodiles and Kings (3 x 50 mins), the fascinating
story of the longest river in the world. It takes the viewer soaring
above the great river itself, through arid deserts and steamy jungles,
over snow-capped mountains, and deep into lakes to discover lost
cities. Produced by Martha Holmes (Blue Planet), Nile - Land of
Crocodiles and Kings is a BBC/ Discovery Channel co-production.
Science presents Body Snatchers (3 x 50 mins). A series that
explores the revolting but fascinating world of human parasites
- the inhabitants of our bodies who are the most successful predators
on the planet - through stunning imagery, specialist footage, shocking
facts and personal stories of parasite victims, uncover the disgusting
reality of the body snatchers. Body Snatchers is a BBC/TLC co-production
and is produced by Helen Thomas, Alice Harper and Martin Belderson.
BBC History comes D-Day (2 x 50 mins). The BBC is planning
a major season of programming to mark the anniversary of World War
II, including D Day - the story of the largest military invasion
and defence the world has ever seen. Produced by Richard Dale (The
Human Body, Walking with Cavemen, Teachers), D-Day redefines the
genre of drama documentary in factual storytelling.
- The Last Day (1 x 50 mins), gives us a first hand account
of the terrifying last moments of a city caught in a volcanic death
trap. Combining detailed reconstructions, expert investigations,
and lavish CGIs, Pompei - The Last Day, follows soldiers, slaves
and families, to recreate a vivid and engaging account of the last
day of Pompei. The programme is a BBC/Discovery Channel co-production.
(20 x 26 mins) heads BBC Worldwide's entertainment line-up. Combining
TV, Internet and computer gaming, this is a new sporting concept
in which potential contestants log on to the Fightbox website to
build a virtual warrior on screen, trained to the highest specification.
If their creation makes it into the top 60 players they will be
able to battle in the Fightbox Arena in front of a live studio audience.
With executive producers Nick Southgate and Finbar Hawkins, this
is a Fightbox production for the BBC.
animated entertainment series Popetown (10 x 24 mins) is
about the idealistic, if slightly incompetent Father Nicholas and
his struggle against the insanity and bureaucracy of the comical
world of Popetown, a crazy and very irreverent place! Featuring
the voices of Jerry Hall, Ruby Wax and Mackenzie Crook (The Office),
Popetown is a CHX production in association with MJTV for BBC.
children's programming from BBC Worldwide includes Carrie's War
(1 x 90 mins). Carrie Willow and her younger brother are evacuated
to Wales during WWII in this heart-warming, coming of age drama.
Carrie's War stars Pauline Quirke (Down to Earth, The Sculptress)
and Alun Armstrong (Aristocrats) and is produced by Bill Boyes.
Boy (6 x 30 mins or 1 x 110 mins) puts a modern spin on the
myth of Icarus. When troubled schoolboy Robert Nobel discovers Chance
House he knows it holds a mystery within its rooms. Confronting
his own fears and his enemies will help him understand what happened
there so many years ago. Starring Sheila Hancock (Close Relations,
Bait) and Lindsey Coulson (EastEnders, Murder Rooms), this is a
Childsplay production for the BBC.
1717, King George I took to the River Thames to experience the only
performance of Handel's Water Music as it was originally intended
- until now
Handel: The Water Music (1 x 60 mins) brings
together experts on naval architecture, environmental sound and
urban history along with 35 musicians (in 18th century costume)
to recreate that first performance. Produced by Suzy Klein, with
Trevor Hampton as musical director, this is a BBC Worldwide/OpusArte
Mysteries (9 x 50 mins) is a fascinating series of programmes,
using drama re-enactments and CGI graphics, to explore great figures
and events from biblical times. Did Joseph actually have a coat
of many colours? Was Mary Magdalene really a prostitute? This series
answers these questions and many more. Bible Mysteries is a BBC/Discovery