Hit BBC drama Doctor Foster set for South Korea Remake
I’m thrilled to be able to announce the next chapter in our scripted formats journey. This remake continues the trend in growth for scripted formats, proving that original storytelling and compelling scripts translate across the globe. I’m confident South Korean viewers will be just as enthralled in Doctor Foster as UK audiences wereSumi Connock, Creative Director for Formats at BBC Studios
Created and written by Mike Bartlett, the phenomenally successful Doctor Foster has now been remade in Russia and France whilst the UK version has been sold to over 225 territories.
The UK version of the show, which had millions of viewers gripped each week on BBC One, saw Suranne Jones play Doctor Gemma Foster, a trusted GP whose life explodes when she suspects her husband of having an affair.
South Korea has previously purchased the rights to remake other scripted formats. Crime drama Luther, relationship-driven format Mistresses and detective series Life on Mars have all been licensed from BBC Studios.
Sumi Connock, Creative Director for Formats at BBC Studios said: ‘I’m thrilled to be able to announce the next chapter in our scripted formats journey. This remake continues the trend in growth for scripted formats, proving that original storytelling and compelling scripts translate across the globe. I’m confident South Korean viewers will be just as enthralled in Doctor Foster as UK audiences were.’
Park, Joon Suh’ the CEO of JTBC Content Hub (Drama House), commented: ‘BBC Studios’ scripted format for Mike Bartlett’s Doctor Foster proved an attractive offer for South Korean audiences with strong characters and relatable themes. We can’t wait to commence work on the production. As a top TV format export, Doctor Foster will draw in viewers across South Korea and beyond.’
The format sale for Doctor Foster has been announced in advance of MIPCOM where BBC Studios will be introducing a range of scripted formats and content to the market. BBC Studios’ scripted format slate for Mipcom includes the BBC hit detective series based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare & Hathaway and Baby Cow’s comedy, High and Dry, where castaways are stranded with the world’s most irritating man. Also launched in Cannes is Bullion Productions’ Wannabe, an offbeat comedy about a middle-aged ex pop star determined to revive her career, from part of the Bafta-winning team behind cult hit People Just Do Nothing.
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Jessie Lim, Communications Executive, Asia, BBC Studios Jessie.Lim@bbc.com
NOTES TO EDITORS
Shakespeare and Hathaway
10 x 45’
Private inspector Frank Hathaway has always worked alone. But Frank isn’t doing so well. He’s out of shape and low on cash. Frank needs a partner. Frank needs ex-hairdresser and people-person Lu. He just doesn’t know it yet. The two eventually join forces and form an unlikely and entertaining detecting duo. Frank and Lu quickly discover that all is not as peaceful as it seems in their pretty theatre town. The mayor is murdered, vengeful lovers stalk the streets and a magician’s trick fatally misfires. Welcome to Stratford-upon-Avon, where low life criminals get caught up in deliciously high drama.
A BBC Studios Production
4 x 25’
Maxine used to be famous. Shiny, fabulous famous. Back in the ‘90s, Maxine released a hit single with teenage girl group Variety. But success was short-lived. Now Maxine’s husband writes cheesy jingles for a living, her PA is a mobile phone app and the girl band she manages are threatening to fire her. Maxine decides to form Mum Pop, a girl band made up entirely of mums. Now Maxine just needs to find some mums. And music. And an audience. From part of the Bafta-winning team behind cult hit People Just Do Nothing comes this offbeat comedy about a middle-aged ex pop star determined to hit the big time. Again.
Bullion Productions for BBC
High and Dry
6 x 30’
Having crash landed in a tropical paradise, narcissistic flight attendant Brett Sullivan puts himself in charge of the palm-fringed island. Which is bad news for the rest of the castaways in High & Dry, as they soon learn they are stranded with the world’s worst human being. As their rations – and their patience – run out, tensions between the group heighten. Secrets are revealed, trust is broken, bonds are formed and quickly obliterated. Full of warm moments, cutting humour and searingly funny situations, this is a hilarious look at what it’s like to be stranded with the world’s most irritating man.
A Baby Cow production for E4
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