Ovation, BBC pact on ‘Doors Open’

Duo to team on production of crime telepic

Ovation and BBC Worldwide Americas have pacted for production on crime telepic “Doors Open.”

Based on a novel penned by Ian Rankin, story follows a millionaire, art professor and banker who plot an art heist in Scotland. Dougie Henshall will play the millionaire, and Stephen Fry the professor.

James Mavor and Sandi Toksvig are penning the script from Rankin’s book, and Marc Evans is set to helm. Jon Finn will produce through Fry’s shingle, Sprout Pictures.

“This co-production deal was a terrific opportunity for us to bring an innovative network and an acclaimed producer together on a great project,” said Matt Forde, exec veep of sales and co-production at BBC Worldwide Americas.

“Doors Open” will bow in the U.S. on Ovation during the second quarter next year.