'Parade's End,' 'Restless' among hot titles
LONDONHigh-end British drama series attracted buyers at Cannes TV mart Mipcom, which wrapped Thursday. Brit period miniseries “Parade’s End,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall, has been sold by BBC Worldwide to Australia’s Network Nine, HBO’s Pan-Central and Eastern Europe webs, Slovenia’s RTV, Latvia’s LTV, Estonia’s ETV and STV in Slovakia. The show, produced by Mammoth Screen, is scripted by Tom Stoppard, based on Ford Madox Ford’s novels. It is co-produced by HBO and France’s Arte. ProSiebenSat.1 has taken German rights to the adaptation of William Boyd’s spy novel “Restless.” The WWII drama centers on a young Russian recruited to infiltrate the corridors of power in Washington, D.C. Starring Hayley Atwell, Rufus Sewell and Michelle Dockery, it was penned by Boyd, helmed by Edward Hall and produced by Hilary Bevan Jones of Endor Prods. The BBC and the Sundance Channel greenlit the show, which is repped by Red Arrow Intl. ITV Studios has secured a raft of deals for British drama skeins “Mr Selfridge,” “Falcon” and “Endeavour.” “Mr Selfridge” has pre-sold to Ireland’s TV3, Norwegian pubcaster NRK and Finnish pubcaster YLE. The drama was previously acquired by PBS’s Masterpiece in the U.S., the Seven Network in Australia, Swedish pubcaster SVT and Israel’s YES DBS Satellite Services. Crime drama “Falcon,” based on Robert Wilson’s novels, has been pre-sold to HBO Latin America, Sweden’s SVT and HOT in Israel. These deals follow a pre-sale to BBC Worldwide Channels in Australia. “Falcon” is a Mammoth Screen production for the U.K.’s BSkyB, Canal Plus in Spain and Germany’s ZDF. “Inspector Morse” prequel “Endeavour” was acquired by Pramer’s Film & Arts channel in Latin America, Sweden’s SVT, Norway’s NRK, Danish pubcaster DR, Croatia’s HRT and Lietuvos Ryto Televizija in Lithuania. The detective drama was previously picked up by WGBH in the U.S., Seven Network in Australia, TVNZ in New Zealand, Belgian pubcaster VRT and the Netherlands’ NPO. It is a Mammoth Screen production. Among other deals at Mipcom, the U.K.’s Channel 4 commissioned cookery series “Simon Hopkinson Cooks,” which is produced by Ricochet, and “16 Kids and Counting,” looking at the lives of Britain’s biggest families, produced by Lion Television. It also commissioned a docu about TV chef Fanny Cradock, “Fanny and Friends,” produced by Boundless/Talkback. U.K. broadcaster ITV has nabbed season one and two of Nickelodeon’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” The skein will simulcast on ITV1 and CITV, starting in spring. Other pre-sale deals for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” include TVI/Televisao Independente in Portugal, RTL Klub in Hungary, Radio e Televisao Bandeirantes in Brazil, S&E Media Project/STB QTV in Ukraine, ABS-CBN Corp. in Philippines and Televisora Nicaraguaense in Nicaragua. ITV also confirmed season three pick-ups of Nickelodeon’s live-action series “Big Time Rush” and “Victorious.” Fox Intl. Channels has taken rights in India to the U.S. version of cooking competition show “The Taste,” which features celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson. The show will air next year on Fox Traveller. Nine Network took Australian rights to the show, which is repped by Red Arrow Intl., earlier this week. The skein is produced by Kinetic Content, Red Arrow’s U.S. production company, and airs in the U.S. on ABC.