All-star Adaptation of War and Peace Presold to International Broadcasters
Literary adaptations and British crime drama have traditionally found big audiences internationally but this MIPCOM slate takes both genres up a gear. From very modern takes on classic works to gripping psychological thrillers rooted in familiar settings we have a range of series that will excite fans of quality drama all around the worldPaul Dempsey, President, Global Markets for BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide announced today that the hotly anticipated drama War and Peace has notched up further presales ahead of its launch to the market at MIPCOM. The epic series has presold to Estonia (ETV), Greece (OTE), Lithuania (LNK), Israel (YES), Australia and Benelux (BBC First), and previously announced Sweden (SVT) and Denmark (TV2). The Weinstein Company has presold the show to the flagship channels of A+E Networks – Lifetime, A&E, and HISTORY – in the U.S.A.
A special War and Peace keynote session will be held on 6th October (Grand Auditorium, 12.20 -13.00) featuring onscreen talent Tuppence Middleton (The Imitation Game) and Stephen Rea (The Honourable Woman), writer Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice,) and Executive Producer Harvey Weinstein (Co Chairman, The Weinstein Company). The keynote will also feature Executive Producers Faith Penhale (Head of Drama, BBC Cymru Wales) and Simon Vaughan (CEO Lookout Point) and they will be joined by Ben Donald (BBC Worldwide’s Executive Producer for International Drama). Also attending BBC Worldwide’s launch event for War and Peace is Executive Producer Bethan Jones (Sherlock). Based on Tolstoy’s famous novel, the series is made by BBC Cymru Wales Drama, in partnership with The Weinstein Company and BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point.
Dickensian, a Red Planet Pictures production for BBC One inspired by the characters and stories of Charles Dickens, has been presold to YES in Israel and BBC First in South Africa and Benelux. BBC Worldwide will be hosting showrunner Tony Jordan (Hustle, Life on Mars) and Director Harry Bradbeer (No Offence, Grantchester) at a MIPCOM launch event on 7th October.
Paul Dempsey, President, Global Markets for BBC Worldwide commented: “Literary adaptations and British crime drama have traditionally found big audiences internationally but this MIPCOM slate takes both genres up a gear. From very modern takes on classic works to gripping psychological thrillers rooted in familiar settings we have a range of series that will excite fans of quality drama all around the world.”
War and Peace is a bold, refreshing and modern take on one of the most famous and epic stories of all time encompassing huge themes of love and war, life and death. Featuring a star-studded line-up including Paul Dano (12 Years A Slave), Lily James (Downton Abbey) and James Norton (Happy Valley), the series was filmed in Russia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Dickensian brings together some of literature’s most iconic characters including Scrooge, Fagin and Miss Havisham, as their lives intertwine in 19th century London. The Old Curiosity Shop sits next door to The Three Cripples Pub, while Fagin’s Den is hidden down a murky alley off a bustling Victorian street. With a wealth of back stories sourced from the novels, Dickensian delivers fast-paced storylines with surprising twists and turns.
BBC Worldwide’s MIPCOM slate includes a number of other exciting new dramas such as the BBC psychological crime thriller, From Darkness, starring Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless, Nowhere Boy, Suffragette) who plays a former detective drawn back into a case she instigated 15 years ago. Doctor Foster, a Drama Republic production for BBC, sees Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey, Five Days, Unforgiven) in the lead role as a respected family doctor at the heart of her village, whose life is about to be turned upside down as she suspects her husband is having an affair.
Another new crime drama from the makers of Bleak House is Unforgotten, starring Nicola Walker (Last Tango in Halifax, Spooks, Babylon). A Mainstreet Pictures production for ITV, this crime drama focuses on a cold case reopened after 39 years when the body of a young man is discovered in a derelict building. The Coroner, a BBC Production, has crime investigations set against a stunning seaside backdrop. This entertaining new drama series has Claire Goose (Waking the Dead, Casualty, Mount Pleasant) playing coroner, Jane Kennedy, whose job it is to investigate sudden or unexplained deaths in a beautiful English coastal community.
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War and Peace
6 x 60', 8 x 45', 4 x 90'
Adapted by leading screenwriter Andrew Davies (A Poet In New York, Mr Selfridge, Bleak House, Pride And Prejudice, House Of Cards) directed by Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders) and produced by BBC Wales and The Weinstein Company, this is a bold, refreshing and modern take on one of the most famous and epic stories of all time encompassing huge themes of love and war, life and death. In 1805 when we first meet Pierre (Paul Dano) Natasha (Lily James) and Andrei (James Norton) they are all part of St Petersburg’s glittering elite, but are still fired-up with youthful ambition to find meaning in their lives. Kind hearted but awkward Pierre, the illegitimate son of Russia’s richest man wants to change the world for the better. Handsome and gallant Andrei, frustrated with the superficiality of his life seeks a purpose, while the beautiful and spirited Natasha is searching for true love. At the same time Napoleon’s army edges ever closer to Russia’s borders. Starring Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Gillian Anderson and Jim Broadbent, War and Peace follows three young people as their lives are changed forever by love, passion, war and heartbreak.
A BBC Cymru Wales Drama, in partnership with The Weinstein Company and BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point
13 x 45’, 9 x 60’ & 1 x 75’, 19 x 30’ & 1 x 45’
Dickensian is a bold reinvention of Charles Dickens' timeless novels, where his most iconic characters live side by side in the same Victorian neighbourhood. Free from the straightjacket of adaptation, Dickensian takes familiar characters on new journeys. Discover the events that lead up to Miss Havisham's wedding day, the truth behind the murder of moneylender Jacob Marley and the sacrifices made by a young Lady Dedlock. You don't need to know Dickens' novels to fall in love with these stories - packed with romance, scandal and intrigue they deliver a rollercoaster ride of twists and turns to surprise and delight viewers to the final episode. The stunning backdrop of Victorian London is brought to life by a stellar cast including Stephen Rea, Pauline Collins, Caroline Quentin and Peter Firth. Dickensian is period drama as we've never seen it before.
A Red Planet Pictures production for BBC
4 x 50', 4 x 60’
In this psychological crime drama, a former detective is drawn back into a case she instigated 15 years ago. In the late ‘90s Claire Church was an ambitious young detective in Manchester. Finding herself ignored in the office and second place in her relationship with her married boss, she quit the job. She now lives on a remote Scottish island with her family, but when bodies are unearthed on a building site back in Manchester, Claire battles with whether or not to return. She’s compelled to find justice for the victims she failed, but knows that going back will come at a price.
Stars Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless, Nowhere Boy, The Virgin Queen) and Johnny Harris (Fortitude, This is England, The Fades).
A BBC North production
6 x 45’ or 3 x 90'
A crime drama from the makers of Bleak House, focusing on a cold case reopened after 39 years. Four suspects with secrets to hide, and a brilliant detective who must uncover them. Can you ever really know the people closest to you? What secrets have they buried?
Stars Nicola Walker (Last Tango in Halifax, Spooks, Babylon) andSanjeev Bhaskar (The Indian Doctor, Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars).
A Mainstreet Pictures production for ITV
5 x 50’, 5 x 60’
Doctor Gemma Foster is a woman in control. She’s a talented and respected family doctor at the heart of her village – a woman people can trust and a loving mother. But her life is about to be turned upside down. Suspecting her husband Simon of having an affair, she’s determined to get to the truth – but how far is she prepared to go and what other betrayals might she uncover? This complex, gripping and stylish psychological drama comes from the producers of the internationally acclaimed The Honourable Woman.
Stars Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey, Five Days, Unforgiven) and Bertie Carvel (Les Misérables, Coalition, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell).
A Drama Republic production for BBC
10 x 45'
Crime investigations against a stunning seaside backdrop are at the heart of this entertaining new drama series following a high-flying solicitor who returns to live and work in the small town she escaped as a teenager. As coroner, Jane Kennedy’s job is to investigate sudden or unexplained deaths in a beautiful English coastal community. The Coroner combines mystery and potential danger with the warm, light hearted tone of Jane’s relationships with her colleagues, family and the local community.
Stars Claire Goose (Waking the Dead, Casualty, Mount Pleasant and Matt Bardock Casualty, No Angels).
A BBC production
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