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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

BBC Worldwide Press Releases

BBC Worldwide and Prime bring Survivors to NZ

Major new contemporary drama Survivors will air on Prime Television in New Zealand following the conclusion of a significant content deal between Prime and BBC Worldwide Australia, it was announced today at BBC Showcase.

Survivors (1 x 90 + 5 x 50) is the thrilling new drama set in the aftermath of a devastating virus, which has wiped out most of the world's population. Starring Julie Graham (William & Mary), Max Beesley (Bodies, Hotel Babylon) and Paterson Joseph (Green Wing) Survivors is a stunning re-imagining by Adrian Hodges (Primeval) of Terry Nation’s classic 1970s drama.

A strong selection of entertainment, factual and lifestyle shows is also included in the deal.

New comedy series No Heroics (6 x 30, from Tiger Aspect Productions) is set in an off-duty pub for superheroes, and follows the lives four heroes who can only be described as B-list.

Adventurer Bruce Parry makes his debut on Prime with his latest series Amazon (6 x 50, an Indus Films / Endeavour co-production) while in Special Forces Heroes (4 x 50) we re-live tales of rescue from the UK's military elite. Make My Body Younger (8 x 60, from Two Four Productions) takes young people on an incredible journey inside their own bodies to find out the damage they are doing to themselves with alcohol, cigarettes and bad diets, while Blood & Guts – a History of Surgery (5 x 50) reveals the failures as well as the triumphs of science in its pursuit of medical knowledge.

In Beachcomber Cottage (5 x 60, from Tigress Productions) ex-Royal Marine Monty Halls attempts to live off the land in a remote Scottish croft. And chef James Martin mingles with the locals and perfects traditional French dishes in James Martin's Champagne (5 x 30) and James Martin's Brittany (10 x 30), both Eagle Media Productions for UK Food.

"This is a fine selection of content, and a tribute to Prime's ability to showcase such diverse range of programming," said Robyn Campbell, BBC Worldwide's Sales Manager, New Zealand.

"We are delighted to bring New Zealanders such a strong selection of BBC Worldwide's latest and most popular shows, which will fit perfectly into Prime's growing stable of quality programmes. BBC Worldwide's product has traditionally been extremely well received in New Zealand and we feel sure our viewers will look forward to seeing these great dramas, entertainment shows and documentaries in easily accessible prime-time slots." added Karen Bieleski, Prime Television's Channel Manager.

BBC Showcase (22 to 25 Feb 2009) is the flagship event for British television, and the largest market hosted by a single distributor in the world. It provides a major boost to television exports and accounts for around 20% of BBC Worldwide's annual program sales. The event is an international platform for British talent, as buyers view more than 1400 hours of TV content and attend premieres of brand new programs.

Louise Alley

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