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BBC Worldwide sells over 3,000 hours of drama across the globe

MUMBAI: Over 3,000 hours of BBC Worldwide’s drama catalogue has been sold in the past three months to broadcasters around the world in what is said to be a continuing sign of the insatiable appetite for great British drama.

In Asia, nearly 950 hours of drama content was acquired between India, Korea, Japan and Greater China with titles such as ‘New Tricks’ (Season 12), ‘Citizen Khan’ (Season five) and ‘The Paradise’ (Season One and two) proving popular.

Clients included FX in India, KBS in Korea, AXN Mystery in Japan and Youku in Greater China.

BBC Worldwide president global markets Paul Dempsey said, “The demand for British drama continues to rise as global audiences are captivated by both the range and quality of our writing, acting and production.”

In Western Europe, where over 200 hours of drama were sold, two of the major broadcasters in Germany bought a number of new and classic titles. RTL Pay purchased ‘SSGB’ and ‘Rillington Place’ and ZDF have bought ‘Death in Paradise’ (Season five, six) as well as ‘Spooks’ (Season 6,7,8,9, and 10) among other titles. And in Italy, Rai Cinema acquired ‘Doctor Foster’ (Season One) as part of a drama package.

There is also strong demand for British drama in Central and Eastern Europe with 600 hours of content sold across the region. In Russia, ‘War and Peace’ (2015) will now be available on SVOD platform IVI and in the Ukraine ‘Digital Screens’ will have ‘Dickensian’ (Series 1) among other drama series. ETV in Estonia has acquired ‘Father Brown’ (Seasons 1,2,3,4 and 5), LTV in Latvia has picked up ‘DCI Banks’ (Seasons 1, 2 and 3) and Lithuania have ‘Sherlock’ (Season four).

In Northern Europe, around 350 hours of drama have been sold across the territories with ‘Maigret’ (Ep 1, 2) licensed to VRT in Belgium and ‘Happy Valley’ (Season Two) to NPO in Holland. Call the Midwife (Season six) has been sold to SVT in Sweden, ‘The Durrells’ to TV2 in Denmark and ‘The Collection’ (Season one) to RUV in Iceland. There have been a number of significant deals with platforms across Sub-Saharan Africa and Kenya, where series including ‘Ripper Street’ (Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4), ‘Luther’ (Series 1, 2, 3, and 4) and ‘Top of the Lake’ (Season One) are now available. In the Middle East, audiences in Israel will now be able to enjoy ‘The Honourable Woman’ on Vubiquity and ‘Unforgotten’ (Seasons 1 and 2) on the broadcaster yes.

Nearly 400 hours of drama have been sold across Latin America with ‘War and Peace’ (2015), licensed to Brazilian free-to-air channel Globo, airing later in 2017. ‘Ripper Street’ (Season Two) will be available on Filmin Latino (SVOD/FVOD) as well as Pramer (Ripper Street Series 2,3).In addition, Vubiquity has acquired seasons 1-10 of ‘Doctor Who’.