BBC Worldwide and ARTE ink first ever pre-sale deal

We were instantly attracted to the quality of Parade’s End and are delighted to become a partner on the production. We hope that this is the first of many future collaborations with BBC Worldwide.”Judith Louis
Date: 21.12.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.58
Category: BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide has concluded its first ever drama pre-sale deal with French channel ARTE for Sir Tom Stoppard’s TV adaptation Parade’s End.

This is the first deal of its kind between international distributor BBC Worldwide and the European broadcaster ARTE, made possible by Paris-based Breakout Films.

The five-part drama series, which has just finished filming, has been adapted by internationally acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard (Brazil, Shakespeare in Love, Empire of the Sun) from a quartet of novels by Ford Madox Ford, considered by some as one of the greatest novels of the 20th Century. It is produced by David Parfitt (My Week with Marilyn, Shakespeare in Love) and Selwyn Roberts (Longitude, Shackleton) and directed by Bafta award-winning film maker Susanna White (Bleak House, Jane Eyre, Generation Kill, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang).

Parade’s End is a flagship drama for BBC and HBO and now in association with ARTE. The digital channel is home to cultural and arts programming and is broadcast across France.

Judith Louis, Head of Drama at ARTE France said: “We were instantly attracted to the quality of Parade’s End and are delighted to become a partner on the production. We hope that this is the first of many future collaborations with BBC Worldwide.”

Ben Donald, Executive Producer for International Drama and co-productions said: “Parade’s End is an ambitious and captivating drama that has brought together some of the best on and off screen talent.  I am delighted that ARTE is as excited about this new production as we are and will be taking the story of this epic and taut love triangle to audiences in France. It is testament to the quality of this series that they have chosen to invest at an early stage.”

Parade's End is set during a formative period of British history – from the twilight years of the Edwardian era to the end of the First World War. At its centre is English gentleman Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch), his beautiful but willful wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall), and Valentine Wannop, a young suffragette, played by Logie-nominated actress Adelaide Clemens (Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Generation Um, Camilla Dickenson).

BBC Worldwide is the international distributor for Parade’s End and as part of its co-venture with Lookout Point both companies are co-producers. This is the first project to be co-produced and distributed under the new co-venture between BBC Worldwide and Lookout Point. Mammoth Screen is producing the series.

Notes to Editors

Parade’s End (5 x 60, 6 x 44, 3 x 90)

Produced by David Parfitt and Selwyn Roberts. 

Michele Buck, Damien Timmer and Sir Tom Stoppard, executive producers for Mammoth Screen.

A Mammoth Screen Production for the BBC in association with HBO Miniseries and Trademark Films
and BBC Worldwide and Lookout Point co-produced with BNP Paribas Fortis Film Fund and Anchorage Entertainment.   Filmed with the support of the Belgian federal government's Tax Shelter scheme.

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