Taffner Imports English Show

D.L. Taffner, known for formatting British sitcoms like “Three’s Company” and “Too Close For Comfort” for U.S. tv, is to test NATPE waters with another U.K. series. This time, however, instead of revamping the show for American audiences, Taffner is doing something decidedly different: He’s bringing over the original version.

The show, “Capital City,” is an hourlong drama produced by Thames TV. It has been airing on the ITV commercial network for the past two seasons. This fall it has averaged only 70th-most-watched show in Britain.

According to Taffner, the show, set in London, “centers around the relationships among the various characters as much as with the wheeling-dealing on the stock exchange.” It is thought that if Taffner drums up enough U.S. interest, some of the show’s storylines could be modified to include an American element.

So far, there are only 23 available episodes, and it’s not yet clear whether Thames TV will get a commitment from ITV for a third season.

Sources say that Taffner, who introduced the popular Benny Hill to American audiences, also is studying the possibility of introducing British comic Russ Abbott, who has a primetime weekend show on BBC-1.

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