BBC drama has always found a large audience in South Korea. Series such as Sherlock and Doctor Who have grown fan bases with their original and intelligent story-telling that the British are so well known for. I’m delighted that this love of British drama has now transcended into scripted formats – with South Korean versions of Mistresses, Life on Mars, and Luther starring Korean A-listers about to debut in 2018.David Weiland, EVP Asia, BBC Worldwide
Date: 20.02.2018     Last updated: 19.06.2018 at 13.37
BBC Worldwide announced today, at its annual Showcase event, that leading South Korean broadcaster MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation) will be making a local version of Luther. The multi-award winning series, Luther, starring Idris Elba, is one of BBC Worldwide’s top TV exports with the UK series having sold to over 230 territories.

Golden Globe and SAG award winning star, Idris Elba, is attending BBC Worldwide Showcase 2018 today to promote Luther to over 700 international TV buyers. The world’s largest international TV market to be hosted by a single distributor will take place at Liverpool’s ACC (18th to 21st February). Clients from Argentina to Australia travel to Liverpool, where they screen the best of British TV content and hear first-hand from A-list talent about their upcoming shows. 

The South Korean version of Luther will premiere in late October on MBC.  A Russian version of Luther was previously made by production company Sreda and broadcast on Channel One. The crime drama, known as ‘Klim,’ premiered in 2016 and went on to win several TV awards last year.           

In addition to a South Korean version of Luther, local versions of hit BBC series, Mistresses and Life on Mars are also set to premiere on South Korean screens this year. 

BBC Worldwide has licensed 2010 British TV series Mistresses to Studio Dragon, the largest content provider in South Korea and part of the media and entertainment company CJ E&M. It will premiere on CJ E&M’s channel OCN this April. 

Retro detective series that had Britain nostalgic for flared trousers and Ford Cortinas, Life on Mars (BBC One), will also have a South Korean version on CJ E&M’s OCN channel. The local version will be set in Seoul in 1987 when the country was at the height of political change due to their first ever democratic presidential election and their forthcoming role as hosts of the 1988 Olympics. 

“BBC drama has always found a large audience in South Korea. Series such as Sherlock and Doctor Who have grown fan bases with their original and intelligent story-telling that the British are so well known for. I’m delighted that this love of British drama has now transcended into scripted formats – with South Korean versions of Mistresses, Life on Mars, and Luther starring Korean A-listers about to debut in 2018.” commented David Weiland, EVP Asia, BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide is the world’s biggest exporter of British TV programmes taking hit shows like Blue Planet II to millions of homes from China to Chile and selling formats including the much loved Great Bake Off to places like Brazil where they renamed it “Bake-Off Brazil, Hands-On!”  (Mão Na Massa). 

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For more information, please contact:

Amy Dawson

Communications Officer, BBC Worldwide

Amy.Dawson@bbc.com

 

NOTES TO EDITORS 

As one of BBC Worldwide’s biggest exports, Luther has been dubbed in various languages – to hear Luther speak in French, German and Italian, click here – 

Online – https://www.dropbox.com/s/7vzk077gsq7z57s/Luther_S1_E4_Showreel_Clips_2018_ProRes422_HD.mov?dl=0 

Mobile  - https://www.dropbox.com/s/qi0c35qwkb6wl7k/Luther_S1_E4_Showreel_Clip_2018_SQUARE.mp4?dl=0

 

More information on Luther the format:

A gripping psychological thriller driven by an intellectually brilliant but emotionally impulsive cop. John Luther works for the Serious and Serial Crime Unit. He is a dedicated policeman and a whirlwind genius. Throughout the series, Luther faces a succession of psychological duels between hunter and hunted, predator and prey. As the stakes get ever higher and more personal, Luther’s lonely path pulls him towards the edge of temptation.

 

More information on Mistresses the format:

Some secrets are best kept hidden. This group of 30-something friends met at university. They’re still close, but their lives have taken very different turns. Katie, a doctor, who had an affair with a terminally ill patient, grieves alone after his death. Trudi lost her husband in 9/11 and has never really accepted his death. Jessica’s anarchic lifestyle is always the source of gossip. And then there’s Siobhan – is she as happily married as she seems? They’re all on a journey with no signposts. This is a world where friends have become the new family.

 

More information on Life On Mars the format:

Solving the crime is just a matter of time. Smart, savvy, sharp-suited detective Sam has his world turned upside down when the hunt for a cold-blooded murderer becomes a desperate rescue mission for his own girlfriend – and fellow cop – Maya. After a near-fatal car accident, Sam is mysteriously transported back to 1973, four years after he was born. Confused by his unfamiliar surroundings, Sam impatiently tries to return to the present. Can he get back to the present day and find Maya? Has he gone crazy? Or has he really travelled back in time?