BBC drama block to air in Japan

LaLa TV dedicated time to bow in April

BBC Worldwide announced Thursday at Mipcom the launch of the first Beeb-dedicated drama block in Japan.

BBC Entertainment Presents Premium Theater will air on satellite and cable TV station LaLa TV.

The branded block, set to bow in April, will screen weekly in primetime and feature historical dramas including “Cranford,” starring Judi Dench, and “Desperate Romantics,” as well as office comedy skein “P.A.s.”

LaLa TV had previously aired BBC titles “Mistresses” and “Robin Hood.”

BBC Worldwide Channels, meanwhile, acquired a raft of content for its outlets in Poland, Africa, Asia and the Nordic region to premiere throughout 2011, including reality shows and one-off docs.

BBC Entertainment and BBC Lifestyle’s new titles include All3Media’s “The Buying Game” and “Rachel Allen’s Dinner Parties”; Endemol’s “Football’s Next Star” and one-off drama “Royal Wedding”; and, from Zodiak Entertainment, British stylist and self-esteem guru Gok Wan’s “How to Look Good Naked: Sexy Over 60,” and “Gok Wan: Too Fat Too Young,” in which he tells his own story about his fight to slim down from almost 300 pounds at age 17 and counsels overweight teens.

The BBC’s “Don’t Tell the Bride” has found international success after selling in a slew of territories across Europe and Africa. Sold internationally by DRG, the reality show, in which grooms take responsibility for organizing their wedding, went to RTL (Netherlands), TV4 (Sweden), Nelonen (Finland), TV2 (Denmark), TV2 (Hungary) and BBC Worldwide Channels, which acquired the series for BBC Entertainment in Latin America and BBC Lifestyle in Africa.

DRG also sold the format to ANT1 TV in Greece. In addition to the U.K. original, “Don’t Tell the Bride” is produced locally in seven countries including Ireland (RTE) and Denmark (TV2).

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