You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

MipTV: Canal Plus Acquires Two Dramas From ITV Studios

French broadcaster takes “Fearless,” “Bancroft” for free-to-air channel C8

Canal Plus has acquired broadcasting rights to dramas “Fearless” and “Bancroft” from ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The two shows will air on the French broadcaster’s free-to-air channel C8.

One of the key titles on ITV Studios’ drama slate being presented at MipTV, “Fearless” (pictured) is written Patrick Harbinson. It stars Helen McCrory as a solicitor known for defending lost causes, who is trying to free a man she believes was wrongly convicted of the murder of a schoolgirl. As she digs deeper into the case she comes to realize that forces in the police and the intelligence services, foreign and domestic, want to stop her uncovering the truth. The six-part one-hour drama is produced by Mammoth Screen for ITV. It is directed by Pete Travis, whose latest feature, “City of Tiny Lights,” opens in the U.K. this weekend.

“Bancroft” is a new four-part, one-hour police thriller, which is currently in production via Tall Story Pictures. The show, which started shooting last month, centers on two female officers played by Sarah Parish and Faye Marsay. It was commissioned in the U.K. by ITV Encore.

“It is testament to the quality of the writing, and both the on- and off-screen talent of these productions, that C8 has committed to invest in both projects so early,” said Dan Gopal, executive vice president of EMEA distribution & global digital partners at ITV Studios Global Entertainment. “We are confident that French audiences will be gripped by these two very compelling shows, which they will be able to enjoy across a number of platforms and devices.”

ITV Studios Global Entertainment is also presenting period drama “Harlots,” commissioned by Hulu and ITV Encore, at MipTV.

More TV

  • Osmosis

    Netflix Unveils Four More French Originals, 'Gims,' 'Anelka,' 'Move,' 'Of Earth And Blood'

    As it prepares to open a fully-staffed office in France and ramp up its investment in local originals, Netflix has unveiled three new documentaries, “Move” (working title), “Gims” (working title), and “Anelka” (working title), and the feature film “Of Earth And Blood” while at Series Mania in Lille. Announced during a panel with Netflix’s commissioning [...]

  • Charmed -- "Let This Mother Out"

    'Charmed' Showrunner Exits, Craig Shapiro & Elizabeth Kruger Board Series

    The CW’s reboot of “Charmed” is changing showrunners. Variety has learned that Carter Covington has stepped down as showrunner on the series, which has already been renewed for a second season. Husband and wife team Craig Shapiro and Elizabeth Kruger have been brought on to helm the series going forward. Shapiro and Kruger are currently [...]

  • Apple TV Plus Reese Witherspoon Jennifer

    What We Know About 'Amazing Stories' And Other Shows Coming to Apple TV+

    Viewers got a sneak peek of upcoming shows coming to Apple TV+, Apple’s newly unveiled streaming service, during the company’s live-streamed event in Cupertino, Calif., on Monday. The stars and creators of the most highly anticipated projects like Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” and “The Morning Show” from Reese Witherspoon appeared on stage to reveal more [...]

  • WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01

    Richard Gere Series 'MotherFatherSon' Sold to Multiple Territories

    BBC Studios, the British public broadcaster’s commercial arm, has announced a raft of territory sales for Richard Gere starrer “MotherFatherSon,” a drama series written by Tom Rob Smith, Emmy-nominated for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” The show will screen Tuesday at Series Mania, France, in the International Panorama section. Buyers for the eight-part thriller include [...]

  • TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases Trailer

    TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases Trailer for 'Special'

    In today’s roundup, Netflix releases a trailer for “Special,” and Wrestlemania’s main event will be a women’s match, a first in WWE history. FIRST LOOKS Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming 15-minute comedy show “Special.” Ryan O’Connell stars in the semi-autobiographical series about life as a gay man with cerebral palsy. The series is [...]

  • Apple Event: Everything We Learned From

    Everything We Learned From Today's Apple Event

    After revealing new services in news, finance, and gaming, Apple CEO Tim Cook kept the biggest, most anticipated announcement until last. Cook, along with heads of worldwide video programming Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, and a whole group of Apple’s creative talents, presented the company’s new Apple TV+ streaming service, which is slated to [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content