ABC Australia takes five U.K. skeins
LONDON — In the lead up to next week’s Mipcom TV mart in Cannes, international distributor DRG has closed a number of deals.ABC Australia has inked a pact for five U.K. skeins for the network’s primetime lineup. This covers the BBC’s crime-drama “Five Days 2,” ITV’s drama “Doc Martin,” Sky 1’s fantasy skein “Skellig,” which stars Tim Roth and John Simm (who toplined the BBC’s “Life on Mars”), the BBC’s docu series “Museum of Life” and the 17th season of Channel 4’s “Time Team,” in which experts undertake archeological digs. “Doc Martin,” which stars Martin Clunes as a socially awkward family doctor, is already Australia’s top rating primetime drama import. This latest deal covers season five. The show is broadcast in more than 200 territories. DRG also announced that Discovery has acquired Channel 4’s transformational series “Jo Frost Extreme Parental Guidance” for TLC in Poland and the Balkans, and Real Time in Italy. DRG has also licensed ITV’s drama “Collision” and BBC’s “Criminal Justice 2″ to Fox Channels Italy, and ITV1’s docu series “The Greatest Cities in the World,” presented by Griff Rhys Jones, to more than 55 territories, including BBC Knowledge in Asia and Poland, Discovery World HD in Canada, ABC Television in Australia, DR in Denmark, ERT in Greece, Living Channel in New Zealand, TV3 in Spain and YLE in Finland. DRG also revealed that it is repping TLC’s “Inedible to Incredible,” a skein produced by Discovery Studios, ITV crime-drama “Injustice” and nature docu special “Martin Clunes: Man to Manta — In Search of the Giant Ray” in international markets.