Buyers include ZDF in Germany and ABC in Oz
LONDON — More than 100 territories have acquired the ITV and AMC revival of cult 60s show “The Prisoner.”Webs that have bought the skein include ZDF in Germany and ABC in Oz. Other deals include CCTV’s Feng Yun Ju Chang (China), CYBC (Cyprus), HBO (Poland), M-Net (pan-Africa), Sony’s AXN Mystery (Japan), True Visions (Thailand), TVNZ (New Zealand), Universal (Greece) and VRT (Belgium). “The Prisoner,” starring Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel, airs in Blighty this spring on ITV1 and recently premiered on Canal Plus in Gaul. The ITV Studios executive team responsible for “The Prisoner,” Michele Buck and Damien Timmer, are also behind another remake — the story of middle-class incest and infidelity, “Bouquet of Barbed Wire,” which ITV will bow at next week’s Mip sales mart in Cannes. Based on Andrew Newman’s 1969 novel, the original London Weekend Television six-part version of “Bouquet of Barbed Wire,” broadcast in 1976, generated huge controversy. It remains to be seen if the new version, produced in three one-hour episodes, will have anything like the same impact in today’s more sexually tolerant times.
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