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.”