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C21: Drive stocks up for finished tape rush

As the demand for ready-made and library content to fill schedule gaps continues to soar, London-based finance and distribution outfit Drive has added a range of factual content to its sales slate.

The programming includes documentary series and one-off films from UK producers including Sandstone Global Productions, October Films, Flint TV, Bone Soup, Icon Films and Oxford Films.

Greek Island Odyssey with Bettany Hughes (6×60’), from Sandstone Global Productions for Channel 5, follows historian Hughes as she embarks on an extraordinary journey to unpack the history, new archeological discoveries, myths and legends of the Greek islands.

Drive has also secured global distribution rights to season two of How the Victorians Built Britain (8×60’), from October Films for Channel 5; Scotland’s Scenic Railways (3×60’), from Flint TV for Channel 4; and Lose Weight & Get Fit (3×60’), from Bone Soup for the BBC.

Meanwhile, Drive’s single documentary acquisitions include two Icon Films documentaries for Channel 5, Secrets of the Mega… Landfill (1×60’) and Secrets of the Mega… Airline Food Factory (1×60’), as well as October Films’ The Mum Who Got Tourette’s (1×60’) for Channel 4. The latter follows mother-of-three Elizabeth Hall who suddenly developed Tourette’s syndrome after her 40th birthday.

Other single film acquisitions include Hilary Mantel: Return to Wolf Hall (1×60’), produced by Oxford Films for the BBC, which offers viewers access to Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies novelist Mantel in the run-up to the publication of her much-anticipated novel The Mirror and the Light.

Drive has also picked up Oxford Films’ film Princess Royal: Anne at 70 (1×60’) for ITV, which provides a portrait of Queen Elizabeth’s only daughter, her family, staff and work as she approaches her 70th birthday.

Lilla Hurst, Drive’s co-MD, said: “Demand for ready-made content of this quality is on the rise and we are sure it will be a strong addition to many broadcasters’ schedules worldwide.”

Published 26.3.20 on

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