BBC, FT create ‘Death in Paradise’

Red Planet Pictures to produce cop series

The BBC and France Televisions have greenlit an eight-part police show, “Death in Paradise,” set in the Caribbean, in what is hailed as a ground-breaking deal between the pubcasters.

It is the first time the pair have collaborated on a drama, although they have worked together on factual fare for many years.

They were brought together by BBC Worldwide, which is keen to beef up co-productions.

“Death in Paradise,” created by tyro screenwriter Robert Thorogood, will be produced by Red Planet Pictures and Atlantique Prods. in association with BBC Worldwide and Kudos Film and Television.

The skein follows the quintessentially English Inspector Richard Gill, who hates his new posting to the Caribbean island of Sainte Marie, where he works alongside glamorous local cop Camille.

Filming is set to take place in spring in Guadalupe, with post-production in London.

No financial details have been disclosed, and BBC Worldwide declined to comment on reports that the show is budgeted at £9 million ($14.2 million).

Tony Jordan, exec producer at Red Planet Pictures, said: “We are all on the same page creatively, which has made the process much easier and it will be a show that plays well on both networks. It’s not just a ground-breaking deal, it’s also a platform for creatives from both regions to collaborate and to explore ways we can work together in the future.”

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety

Loading