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Mipcom: Canal Plus Picks Up Fremantle Series ‘Hard Sun,’ ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ for French Broadcast

A U.K. crime-drama from the creator of 'Luther,' and an Australian adaptation of an early 20th century novel, Canal Plus is bringing Fremantle's most exciting titles to French airwaves

Mipcom: Canal Plus Acquires Highly Anticipated
Euston Films

CANNES — France’s Canal Plus has announced the acquisitions of two of the year’s most awaited Fremantle-produced dramas: “Hard Sun,” and “Picnic at Hanging Rock.”

“Hard Sun,” was produced by Euston films for BBC One in the U.K. and Hulu in the U.S.. It was written by Bafta and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Neil Cross, creator of BBC’s “Luther.” The show is a pre-apocalyptic detective drama which takes place in a London teetering on the verge of destruction. Two detectives played by Jim Sturgess, star of “21,” and “Across the Universe,” and Agyness Deyn from “Clash of the Titans,” and “The White King,” are forced to shelve personal dramas and work together to protect those they care about in a world consigned to the end-times.

“Picnic at Hanging Rock,” is the six part mini-series adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s classic Australian novel of the same name. Australian pay-TV broadcasters Foxtel commissioned the series to be produced by Fremantle Australia. In the show, Natalie Dormier of “Game of Thrones,” and “The Tudors,” leads as the English headmistress of Appleyard College, an Australian women’s school. On Valentine’s Day 1900, three Appleyard students go missing and the plot will track a number of intersecting narratives through the following investigation. Family, friends and Appleyard staff are all impacted by the events, which send tremors through the local community.

Al De Azpiazu, VP, Sales & Distribution for FremantleMedia International in Western Europe said via a statement: “’Hard Sun,’ and ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock,’ are two of FremantleMedia’s most anticipated upcoming dramas. Despite being very different stories, a Neil Cross thriller and spellbinding adaptation of a classic novel, I’m confident both must-see series will make a lasting impression on Canal Plus audiences across France.”

Gérald-Brice Viret, EVP Canal Plus TV Channels continued: “We are very excited to be adding both ‘Hard Sun’ and ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ to our line-up of foreign drama. These new series will appeal to our subscribers who are always keen to discover original programs.”

Global distribution rights for both “Hard Sun,” and “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” are held by FremantleMedia International, which is launching the series at Mipcom 2017.