BBC Worldwide teams with PBS’ ‘Masterpiece’

Pair will produce telepics 'The Paradise,' 'The Lady Vanishes'

BBC Worldwide America has inked a co-production deal with PBS’ long-running “Masterpiece” series and will produce two period telepics with the broadcast banner.

“The Paradise” is a rags-to-riches story set in Britain’s first department store during the Victorian era and follows a young girl rising through the shop ranks. Film stars Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Elaine Cassidy, Sarah Lancashire and Patrick Malahide. “Paradise” was penned and created by Bill Gallagher with Simon Lewis producing. Exec producer is Susan Hogg.

An adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1938 thriller, “The Lady Vanishes” centers on a woman who falls asleep on a train and, upon awaking the next morning, discovers the woman sharing her carriage has disappeared. Cast includes Keeley Hawes, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Hughes, Gemma Jones, Stephanie Cole, Jesper Christensen. Annie Tricklebank is producing the pic, with Diarmuid Lawrence helming. Fiona Seres penned the script and Anne Pivcevic is exec producer.

“‘The Paradise’ and ‘The Lady Vanishes’ offer unique and thrilling stories that are a terrific complement to the popular programming lineup on ‘Masterpiece’ on PBS,” said Matt Forde, exec veep of sales and co-productions at BBC Worldwide America.

“Masterpiece” is produced by WGBH Boston, with Rebecca Eaton exec producing.

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