'Paradise,' 'Midwife,' David Attenborough docs sell widely
LONDON — Webs from across the Middle East and Africa have acquired a number of dramas at the annual BBC Worldwide Showcase market, which bowed on Sunday.The four-day event, held for the second year running in Liverpool, the northern England forever synonymous with The Beatles, is hosting more than 700 TV buyers. Israeli broadcaster IBA bought two series of “The Paradise,” starring Elaine Cassidy and Emun Elliott, and the first run of “Call the Midwife,” Web also licensed a number of David Attenborough’s natural history shows including “Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild” and “Attenborough’s Giant Egg.” Another Israeli broadcaster, YES DBS, nabbed a drama packages that includes scribe David S. Goyer’s upcoming “Da Vinci’s Demons,” starring Tom Riley and Laura Haddock, plus “The Fear,” “The Secret of Crickley Hall” docus “Addicted to Tattoos,” “Eat, Fast and Live Longer” and series two of “Junior Doctors.” BBC Worldwide licensed dramas “Ripper Street” and “Top of the Lake” to South Africa’s MNet. Meanwhile series five, six and seven of “Doctor Who” is to premiere on Al Jazeera’s children’s channel. Al Jazeera Documentary Channel bought 200 hours of documentary, current affairs, science and natural history programming. The package includes “Attenborough’s Giant Egg,” “India on Four Wheels,” “Panorama: Poor America,” “Panorama: Price Tag Wars,” “Transit of Venus” and series two, three and four of “True Stories.” Elsewhere, OSN Dubai acquired the latest series of “Top Gear” and the third season of “Top Gear USA,” securing the exclusive first window in Middle East territories.