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Realscreen: UKTV orders up antiques restoration series for Yesterday

BBC Studios-owned British broadcaster UKTV has commissioned a new restoration series for its factual channel, Yesterday. Restoration Workshop (10 x 60 minutes) sees antiques dealer Gary Wallis (pictured) and his team of fixer-uppers tracking down unloved antiques and objects to transform them into bespoke items for the high-end...

Broadcast Now’s Hot Picks: Poisonous Liaisons

‘Women seem to have an insatiable appetite for working out the psychology and motives of the perpetrator’ Distributor DriveProducer White Spark PicturesLength 13 x 60 minutesBroadcaster C+I (UK and Iberia) With so many crime stories and niches already covered on screen, Drive joint managing director Lilla Hurst says she was immediately...

Broadcast: UKTV finds home for The Good Nazi

Domestic broadcaster among a range of international buyers of doc UKTV is among a raft of global broadcasters to have picked up a documentary about a Nazi officer who mirrored the work of Oskar Schindler. The multi-channel network has acquired Canadian 60-minute film The Good Nazi, which tells the...

C21: Drive unveils biggest ever Mipcom slate

UK-based production funding and distribution agency Drive is travelling to Mipcom with seven new shows as part of it’s largest slate to date. Among them is The Restoration Yard (working title), a 10×60’ factual show which revolves around expert restorer Gary Wallis and his mission to...

TBI Vision: Drive secures Good Nazi sales

UKTV in the UK, ZDF Info in Germany and Planète+ in France have picked up documentary film The Good Nazi from financier and distributor Drive. The show, which explores the exploits of Nazi officer Major Karl Plagge who risked his life to save thousands of Jews, will...

TBI Vision: Drive gets down with ‘Downton Abbey’ special

Ben Barrett and Lilla Hurst’s Drive has picked up a Downton Abbey special for international distribution. The Peninsula Television-produced special, Return To Downton Abbey (1 x 60 minutes), goes behind the scenes on the forthcoming film as well as the series, which ran from 2010 to 2015. The Drive-distributed special is...

C21: Channel 5 takes Alaska’s Drugs for Fun

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered a formatted documentary series about recreational cocaine use from independent production company Alaska TV. Doing Drugs for Fun is a three-parter in which four cocaine users follow the drug’s trail from the Colombian rainforests to the streets of the UK. On...