19th February 2019


BBC Studios’ Serengeti and Wild Metropolis secure global pre-sales


BBC Studios has announced a raft of global pre-sales of Simon Fuller and John Downer-produced Serengeti and the BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s Wild Metropolis ahead of Showcase 2019.
The six-part Natural History series, Serengeti, created by Simon Fuller, produced by XIX Entertainment and John Downer Productions for BBC and BBC Studios Distribution has been licensed to Discovery Channel in the US and Latin America, ZDF (Germany), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), Telefonica’s Movistar+ (Spain), WOWOW (Japan), Ceska Televize (Czech Republic), SRF (Switzerland), ETV (Estonia) and LVT (Latvia).

Wild Metropolis, a three-part series by BBC Studios Natural History Unit and co-produced with PBS and Tencent Penguin Pictures has sold to Arte (France and Germany), VRT (Belgium), NPO (Netherlands), MTVA (Hungary), Manoto (Iran) and TRT (Turkey).

Both series have been snapped up by Channel 9 (Australia) and KAN-Israel. Elsewhere they will be shown on BBC Earth in South Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, The Nordics, Middle East and Poland, as well as on BBC Player in Singapore and Malaysia.

Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets, BBC Studios, said: “Appetite for authentic and engaging factual content is growing year on year as audiences seek both emotive and relatable connections to the world around them. Serengeti and Wild Metropolis are two brilliant examples of Natural History series meeting these demands.”

Serengeti is a pioneering series which follows the interconnected stories of a cast of iconic savannah animals over one year. Using ground-breaking filming techniques and with unique access to a pristine and unspoilt corner of the Serengeti, it captures the drama of their daily lives and the emotional moments they face.

Inspired by the Cities episode of Planet Earth II, Wild Metropolis explores our cities from a fresh perspective- through the eyes of the animals who live in them. From humpback whales in New York’s Hudson river to colonies of megabats in Adelaide, meet the extraordinary wildlife living in the fastest changing habitat on the planet – our cities.

Now in its 43rd year and the first under the Studios guise, BBC Studios Showcase sees industry creatives, commissioners, producers, A-list talent and hundreds of the world’s top TV buyers assemble at the four-day event (17-20 February) where they will screen content as well as hear directly from BBC’s lead executives about future projects in all stages of development.

Other Natural History titles launching at this year’s Showcase include One Planet: Seven Worlds presented by Sir David Attenborough, Earth from Space and First Year on Earth.



For more information, please contact:

Alexandra Thrift

BBC Studios, Communications Officer







18th February 2019


Japan’s NHK acquires its first British scripted format – Mistresses – licensed by BBC Studios


BBC Studios announces today at its annual Showcase event that it has sold the format for Mistresses, an Ecosse Films production, to Japan’s NHK Enterprises.
Mistresses is the first format sale by BBC Studios to NHK Japan and is the fifth format deal for the title, following USA, Russia, Slovakia and South Korea.

Titled Mistresses - Those Women’s Secrets, the ten-episode series is set to premiere on 19 April 2019 in premium drama slot, Drama10, on NHK General - the main television channel for the public broadcaster which serves over 46 million households across Japan.

The drama follows a group of 30-something girlfriends whose lives have taken very different turns. Adapted by veteran screenwriter Noriko Yoshida and Rie Yokota, Mistresses - Those Women’s Secrets stars Kyoko Hasegawa as Kaori Shibazaki (Katie), Miki Mizuno as Tomomi Noguchi (Trudi), Hyonri as Saeko Harada (Siobhan), and Aya Omasa as Juri Mizushima (Jessica).

Takahisa GOTO, Executive Producer of NHK Enterprises commented: “We are excited to reproduce the successful British drama Mistresses as a locally relevant version to bring to Japanese audiences and hope to achieve strong audience engagement with the series. We are thrilled to be working together with BBC Studios on this Japanese-British cultural exchange opportunity.”

Geo Lee, SVP and GM of North East Asia, BBC Studios, commented: “The growing popularity of British drama in the region has sparked a trend for scripted formats and BBC Studios’ scripted catalogue is meeting their demands for high quality, relatable dramas.” He added, “We are proud to be working with NHK Enterprises, who have secured an amazing cast for their scripted format production, and we look forward to its premiere in April 2019.”

The original Mistresses series was produced by Ecosse Films for BBC and BBC America and first aired on BBC One in 2008, starring Sarah Parish (W1A, Broadchurch), Sharon Small (Law & Order: UK, Trust Me), Shelley Conn (Death in Paradise, Liar) and Orla Brady (Collateral, Into the Badlands).

BBC Studios Showcase is the world’s largest international content market hosted by a single distributor, now in its 43rd year. Attendees at the four-day event (17-20 February) in Liverpool include top industry creatives, commissioners, producers, talent and hundreds of the world’s top TV buyers.



For more information, please contact:

Jessie Lim

BBC Studios

Tel: +65 6849 5295

Email: Jessie.Lim@bbc.com






18th February 2019


BBC Studios Announces Hans Zimmer and Bleeding Fingers Music to collaborate on One Planet: Seven Worlds


Academy award-winner Hans Zimmer and Bleeding Fingers Music will compose the theme and score respectively for BBC Planet’s latest landmark title, One Planet: Seven Worlds it was announced today at BBC Studios’ industry-leading Showcase event in Liverpool.
This is the team’s third outing into the world of natural history, following their BAFTA-nominated score to Planet Earth II, and critically-acclaimed music for Blue Planet II.

Part of the new BBC Planet strand and set to air this autumn on BBC One in the UK, One Planet: Seven Worlds has gone further than any other BBC series to capture the spectacular, unseen and unexpected stories of Earth’s seven Continents. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, Zimmer and his team at Bleeding Fingers Music will score the brand new seven-part series from BBC Studios Natural History Unit, due to hit screens around the world this Autumn.

Talking exclusively at the BBC Studios trade event in Liverpool, Zimmer said “To compose music for yet another ground-breaking BBC natural history show is something we were incredibly excited about, particularly after such wonderful experiences with Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II. It’s very different from previous big landmark series - each episode is a real, tangible place, a place where we live and belong and a place with its own unique feel and distinct character and that’s really exciting from a musical perspective. The character of each continent will be reflected in the music and I think that will resonate with the audience.”

Attended by hundreds of buyers and in its 43rd year, BBC Studios Showcase is the world’s largest international television market hosted by a single distributor. Zimmer will be taking part in an exclusive session at the event to talk about the upcoming landmark, where he will be joined by naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, Executive Producer for One Planet: Seven Worlds Jonny Keeling, along with other filmmakers to showcase content from the internationally renowned BBC Studios Natural History Unit.

Speaking of Hans’ involvement in the series, BBC Studios’ CEO Tim Davie said: “We are thrilled that Hans and Bleeding Fingers are onboard once more for what will be an incredible series. His musical flair is unsurpassed and we cannot wait to have his immersive sonic experience enthrall us when we watch One Planet: Seven Worlds.”

Planet Earth II

Bleeding Fingers first worked with the BBC Studios NHU back in 2016 on Planet Earth II, for which they were nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (original dramatic score). Following the success of the series music, a one-off special Planet Earth II Live in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall was created, which featured breath-taking footage from the highly-acclaimed BBC series. Accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, the show was conducted by Jessica Cottis, playing the remarkable music by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea, and Jasha Klebe and hosted from the stage by Mike Gunton, Creative Director of the Natural History Unit and Executive Producer of Planet Earth II.

Blue Planet II

The team then went on to work with the BBC Studios Natural History Unit once again to take part in an incredible collaboration with rock legends Radiohead. Creating the exclusive music track for the ‘Blue Planet II Prequel’, and inspired by the sounds and musical palette of Blue Planet II, Radiohead and Hans Zimmer recorded an orchestrally reimagined version of the Radiohead song Bloom, with Thom Yorke re-recording the vocals. The track was produced by Russell Emanuel of Bleeding Fingers Music.

As well as the prequel, Bleeding Fingers also created an iconic score for the Blue Planet II series, which was nominated by the International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for a Documentary Film as well as a Jerry Goldsmith Award for Best Documentary Score.

The success of the Blue Planet II composition resulted in BBC Studios and FKP Scorpio presenting a 13 date UK & Eire live tour, which brought the wonders and mysteries of the planet’s oceans and wildlife to the UK arena stage, featuring the music of Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea and David Fleming for Bleeding Fingers.



For more information, please contact:

Lee Leschasin

BBC Studios Communications Manager


+44 (0)208 433 1324





18th February 2019


BBC Studios announces Chinese adaptation of Life on Mars


Hit drama Life on Mars gets a Chinese makeover based in ‘90’s Beijing

Today at Showcase BBC Studios announced a new collaboration with Phoenix Entertainment Group to create a local Mandarin adaptation of the multi award-winning drama, Life on Mars, from Kudos Film &Television. The deal marks BBC Studios’ first partnership with the Beijing-based production house, which has a reputation in the region for producing top quality dramas for SVOD platforms.

Pre-production on the series will start this year with Phoenix producing 24 episodes of Life on Mars, which originally broadcast on BBC One in 2006. The drama will be based in 1990’s Beijing, a time of economic growth and cultural prosperity. A landmark decade as China became increasingly open to the rest of the world culturally. The Chinese version of Life on Mars will reflect this remarkable era of change, conflict and challenges.

The BAFTA and Emmy award-winning Life on Mars, which starred John Simm and Philip Glenister in the UK version, sees a present day detective transported mysteriously back in time, after a near-fatal accident. BBC Studios has previously licensed the format to Russia, Spain, Czech Republic and South Korea.

David Weiland, EVP Asia, BBC Studios said: “I am delighted that our first partnership with Phoenix Entertainment Group is Life on Mars which ranks as one of the best dramas to come out of the UK and is a great example of the breadth and wealth of our scripted formats catalogue. We have a huge range of high quality scripted titles from Doctor Foster and Luther to Thirteen and In The Club, shows that would captivate Chinese audiences. I look forward to viewers enjoying this local version of Life on Mars as they go back 30 years in time.”

Bihai Wu, Vice President & General Manager, Phoenix Entertainment Group commented: “Following the huge success of our hit drama, Day and Night, developed and produced by Phoenix Entertainment Group for Youku, we have been carefully considering other shows that could meet the criteria of high quality and consistency with our slate and brand. Life on Mars drew our interest because of its originality and superb story telling.” He added, “BBC Studios offers a great range of dramas that match our ambitions to produce captivating, first-class dramas for the fast growing Chinese SVOD market and their discerning audiences.”

Kelvin Yau, SVP and GM Greater China, BBC Studios said: “Remaking Life on Mars for the region is a very exciting prospect. Drama local adaptation is a growing business in North Asia, particularly in China where it claims 48% of all format sales, and is a key focus for BBC Studios as we continue to bring the best of British TV to Chinese audiences.”


For more information, please contact:

Lee Leschasin

BBC Studios Communications Manager


+44 (0)208 433 1324





15th February 2019


BBC Studios Showcase 2019 welcomes top British talent to Liverpool


Sir David Attenborough, Professor Brian Cox, Riz Ahmed, Toby Jones and the new Top Gear presenters are just some of the talent that will be heading to BBC Studios Showcase 2019 in Liverpool (17th – 20th February).

The annual event, the world’s largest international TV market hosted by a single distributor, will premiere 440 hours of brand new content as well as feature masterclasses, co-production forums and specially curated sessions designed to speak to customers’ needs.

More than ever before, the world’s lead TV buyers will get to hear from creatives pitching their latest projects at the very earliest stage. On and off screen talent, independent British producers and top BBC executives will all be on hand to present a wide and diverse range of top quality content.

Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets, BBC Studios said: “Once again, we’ll be welcoming customers and partners from around the world, including one of the biggest delegations from China, to Liverpool’s ACC. With this being our first Showcase as a joined-up production and distribution company, this year will be unlike any other as we bring together the best current and emerging producers, creators and pioneers across the industry with a unique and tailored programme of events.”

This year, BBC Studios Showcase is proud to announce special guests, Sir David Attenborough, there to launch the new series One Planet: Seven Worlds from the internationally renowned BBC Studios Natural History Unit and Professor Brian Cox who will present the Science landmark The Planets. Other titles on the factual slate include Serengeti, from XIX Entertainment and John Downer Productions, Wild Metropolis, First Year on Earth, Earth from Space, David Bowie: Finding Fame, The Iraq War (KEO Films) and Icons (72 Films).

The new Top Gear trio, Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris will attend the Factual Entertainment premiere where buyers will be the first to see exclusive footage and hear all about the thrills and spills of filming Series 27.

Academy Award-winning writer and director, Steve McQueen CBE, brings his first British television project to Showcase. Speaking to buyers from overseas, via satellite, he will reveal the inspiration behind his six-part anthology.

Emmy-winning actor, director, writer, MC and activist Riz Ahmed will take to the stage in a special session to discuss his career and new passion project, Englistan while the Good Omens’ masterclass will feature writer Neil Gaiman, via satellite link, along with Director Douglas McKinnon and Executive Producers Rob Wilkins and Chris Sussman.

Crime Pays and Bold Stories are two distinct drama sessions lined up for Showcase 2019. As Crime drama continues to dominate global schedules, this bespoke session will see the lead actors from The Mallorca Files (Cosmopolitan Pictures/Clerkenwell Films), Julian Looman and Elen Rhys, reveal all on this stylish new series featuring a German and British detective who have very different approaches to policing.

Explosive new dramas are on the menu for Bold Stories. Rising star Charly Clive joins acclaimed young writer Kirstie Swain to discuss Pure (Drama Republic) – a bold take on modern relationships. BBC Studios’ drama slate also includes Sanditon (A Red Planet Pictures and Masterpiece Theatre co-production), Summer of Rockets (Little Island Productions), Brexit: An Uncivil War (House Productions) and MotherFatherSon.

The comedy premiere will introduce a host of talent. Buyers will hear from Don’t Forget the Driver’s (A Sister Pictures and Hootenanny production) co-creators Tim Crouch and Toby Jones who also stars in this dark comedy. Dead Pixels (Various Artists Limited), from the creators of The Peep Show, will be presented by actors Alexa Davies and Will Merrick and Executive Producer Phil Clarke, while the panel for Ghosts (Monumental Television) will feature co-creators Mat Baynton and Simon Farnaby as well as actress Charlotte Ritchie, with all three starring in the six-part comedy.

In its 43rd year and the first under the Studios banner, BBC Studios Showcase flies the flag for British creativity and brings together an unrivalled programme for the global TV industry. BBC Studios is the largest distributor of TV content outside of the US and sells programmes as well as secures financing on behalf of the BBC and UK independent producers.

For more information, please contact:

Lee Leschasin

BBC Studios Communications Manager


+44 (0)208 433 1324







13 February 2019


Romantic moments from the BBC warm the hearts of global TV audiences


Television audiences around the world are looking to love to make them feel good and BBC Studios is giving them what they want.

BBC Studios, which will be hosting hundreds of international TV buyers at its annual Showcase event in Liverpool (17th – 20th February), asked audiences in Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Russian, the UK and the USA to choose their favourite heart-warming moments from BBC TV programmes.

The British Royal Weddings coverage captivated viewers overseas and topped the poll and romance emerged as the strongest theme, warming hearts around the world.

The top ten* moments are:

1. The Royal Weddings (UK broadcasters)
2. Sherlock (Hartswood for BBC One)  Best man speech
3. Ariana Grande (BBC Studios for BBC One)  One Love Manchester
4. Planet Earth II (BBC Studios/BBC America/ZDF/Tencent/FTV for BBC One)  Iguana snake escape
5. Doctor Who (BBC Studios for BBC One) – Van Gogh exhibition
6. Pride & Prejudice (BBC Studios for BBC One) – Mr Darcy declaring his love to Elizabeth
7. Life on Earth (BBC Studios for BBC One)  Sir David Attenborough meets the silverback gorillas
8. Blue Planet II (BBC Studios/BBC America/The Open University/Tencent/WDR/FTV/CCTV9 for BBC One) – Tusk fish opens clam
9. Dynasties (BBC Studios/BBC America/ FTV/Tencent Penguin Pictures/CCTV-9 for BBC One) – David the chimpanzee’s return
10. Top Gear (BBC Studios for BBC One)  Launching a Reliant Robin on a space shuttle


*1000 respondents representing 16-64 year olds were surveyed in Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Russia, the UK and the USA were invited to choose from a list of 30 BBC moments including Royal Wedding coverage

Across the eight countries surveyed, half of the top 24 spots available were occupied by romantic moments, including Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock delivering an unusual best man’s speech; Paul Dano as Pierre proposing to Lily James as Natasha in Andrew Davies’ epic adaptation of War and Peace; and Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy declaring his love to Elizabeth as played by Jennifer Ehle in the same writer’s celebrated adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

When it comes to individual countries:

  • Romantic Russians put Sherlock; War And Peace and Pride and Prejudice in their top three
  • Sherlock tops the poll in Russia and China and also makes the top three in France, India, Germany and the USA
  • Expanding the ‘love’ theme, the Ariana Grande: One Love Manchester concert makes the top three in France, Germany, the UK and the USA while coverage of the Royal Weddings makes the top spot in Australia, France, Germany, India and the USA and appears six times in the top three, including in China
  • Meanwhile self-effacing Brits show a tendency to laugh at themselves, choosing romantic moments from classic comedies including Smithy (James Corden) interrupting Nessa’s (Ruth Jones) wedding in Gavin And Stacey and Alice’s (Emma Chambers) legendary Teletubby wedding from The Vicar of Dibley

The results also reflect the growing appetite global audiences have for factual programmes, with Sir David Attenborough presenting or narrating four of the top ten titles, from the emotionally charged return of David the chimpanzee in recent landmark natural history series Dynasties to the heart-in-the-mouth sequence as an iguana flees killer snakes in Planet Earth II.

With Top Gear’s notorious launch of a Reliant Robin on the back of a space shuttle also included, the top ten spans BBC Studios’ drama, entertainment and factual programmes.

Paul Dempsey, President of Global Markets, BBC Studios, says, “Whether it’s an intimate feel-good moment in a drama or an extraordinary story from the natural world, our shows make hearts skip a beat."

“Next week customers from around the world can find out about our new content and to talk to our producers and commissioners about making tomorrow’s global hits.”

Titles expected to get buyers’ hearts racing this year include Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel Sanditon; an adaptation of Terry Pratchet’s Good Omens; stylish new crime drama The Mallorca Files; refreshingly honest authored drama Pure; Louis Theroux’s Altered States; landmark natural history series One Planet: Seven Worlds; and Dead Pixels, a new comedy from Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong.

Every year over hundreds of top TV buyers from all over the globe come to the BBC Studios event in Liverpool to watch 4,000 hours of British TV over four days.

For more information, please contact:

Dan Phelan






17 December 2018


BBC Studios announces Showcase 2019 line up


BBC Studios today revealed a compelling line up for Showcase 2019 (Liverpool, 17-20th Feb) featuring new world-leading content, talent-packed events and agenda-setting insights. The four-day event brings together an unrivalled and unique programme for the global TV industry

In its 43rd year and the first under the Studios banner, BBC Studios Showcase is the world’s largest international content market hosted by a single distributor.  Flying the flag for British creativity, BBC Studios Showcase will open its door to creatives, commissioners, producers and hundreds of the world’s biggest TV buyers who will screen content and hear first-hand from BBC’s top executives and some of Britain’s leading on and off screen talent about the TV shows of the future. 


Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets for BBC Studios, commented: “More than ever before we’ll be able to give our guests at Showcase a truly end to end view of the opportunities to partner on some of the very best British content from BBC Studios and independent producers. They will hear about projects that are either at the very earliest stage of development, newly scripted or in production as well as screen finished programmes.”


The line-up for the four-day event includes two in depth drama sessions.  ‘Crime Pays’ explores the enduring popularity of crime drama from the intensity of Luther (BBC Studios) to the lighter side with shows like Death in Paradise (Red Planet Pictures).  The session will unveil brand new series such as action-filled The Mallorca Files (Cosmopolitan Pictures/Clerkenwell Films) well as exciting new development deals. 


‘Bold Stories for Our Time’ focuses on powerful storytelling from Kirstie Swain’s witty take on modern relationships in Pure (Drama Republic) to Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sanditon (A Red Planet Pictures and Masterpiece Theatre co-production).


Comedy comes under the spotlight with an insightful session, ‘Our Laughs Last Longer’, on what makes a channel defining classic comedy that pierces the national consciousness.  Delegates will also hear about brand new shows Dead Pixels, Ghosts (Monumental Television), Don’t Forget the Driver (a Sister Pictures and Hootenanny production) and Defending the Guilty (Big Talk).


‘Our Connection to the Natural World’ will showcase content from the internationally renowned BBC Studios Natural History Unit, famous for their groundbreaking shows, and from award-winning independent producers such as John Downer Productions.  Early looks at the NHU’s forthcoming landmark One Planet: Seven Worlds (BBC Studios) and the pioneering series, Serengeti, from XIX Entertainment and John Downer Productions will be on offer.  Speakers at the session include Mike Gunton, the NHU’s Creative Director, along with Executive Producers from the NHU.


Science, presented by Andrew Cohen (Head of BBC Science Unit), and history content will be unveiled in a session with a deep dive into these two genres and premieres of new series The Planets (BBC Studios Production with NOVA and WGBH Boston for BBC and PBS co-produced by Tencent Penguin Pictures) and Icons (72 Films). 


‘Uncovering the Truth’ highlights factual content from some of the world’s most trusted programme makers.


From new Top Gear (BBC Studios) to fascinating travelogues such as Sue Perkins in Japan (A Folk Films Production in association with Square Peg TV), ‘An Antidote to the Modern World’ will offer a variety of brand new factual entertainment shows.


Masterclasses as well as co-production forums will also be a part of Showcase 2019’s comprehensive schedule, which has been tailored to meet the varied needs of BBC Studio’s wide ranging clientele.


BBC Studios, as the biggest distributor outside of the US studios, sells the best of British TV content from some of the country’s top independent producers and from its own in-house production base.

For more information, please contact:

Lee Leschasin

BBC Studios Communications Manager


+44 (0)208 433 1324




26 September 2018


BBC Studios' Dynasties leads the pack with pre-sales across six continents


Landmark Natural History series premieres at MIPCOM 2018

BBC Studios today announces pre-sales of the Natural History Unit’s stunning new landmark series, Dynasties, to broadcasters around the globe. The five-parter, presented by Sir David Attenborough, has been pre-sold to over 13 countries and will be given a global premiere at Mipcom 2018 on Monday, 15th October (09.00 – 10.15, Auditorium K, Palais).


The pre-sales for Dynasties range from Germany (WDR), New Zealand (TVNZ), Canada (Blue Ant Media), Latin America (Discovery), Spain (Telefonica), Belgium (VRT), Netherlands (NPO), Sweden (SVT), Denmark (DR) and Iceland (RUV) to the Czech Republic (FTV Prima and Ceska Televize), Estonia (ETV) and Georgia (Edemi). Co-production partners are BBC America and France Télévisions. Sony BBC Earth in India and BBC Earth channels across Africa, Nordics, Asia, MEDME, Poland and CEE will also be premiering the series.


Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets for BBC Studios, commented: “Following the huge global success of Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, Dynasties is generating a lot of excitement in the market. Once again the Natural History Unit has surpassed itself with an incredibly intimate and affecting portrait of some of the most celebrated and endangered species on earth.”


Produced over four years in glorious locations around the globe, this new series is a unique perspective on the animal world, showing viewers five of the world’s most celebrated but endangered animals, as they do whatever it takes to survive and protect the next generation. Introducing the much anticipated Dynasties at the Cannes premiere will be Mike Gunton, Executive Producer and Rupert Barrington, Series Producer.


As well as Dynasties, key Factual titles available at Mipcom distributed by BBC Studios are Serengeti (w/t), a pioneering series following the interconnected stories of a cast of iconic savannah animals over one year, and Earth’s Great Rivers, which reveals the astonishing wildlife and breath-taking landscapes of three legendary waterways from source to mouth.


BBC Studios CEO, Tim Davie, will give a keynote address at MIPCOM 2018 on Monday 15th October at 16:15.


BBC Studios stand - P3.B38. Palais Level 3




28 August 2018


BBC Studios to launch all-new series of Doctor Who in Africa at first ever Comic Con Africa


BBC Studios in Africa announced today that it will be hosting a special Doctor Who experience for the series’ regional launch at Africa’s first ever Comic Con next month, in partnership with Showmax. From 14th to 16th September 2018, Whovians and new fans from across the continent can come to Johannesburg and celebrate the return of one of the BBC’s most successful franchises with an immersive TARDIS experience, ahead of the launch of the all-new series starring award-winning actress Jodie Whittaker.

Bigger and bolder than ever, Series 11 marks the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor – a super-smart explorer of the universe, alongside a team of new friends and delightful characters. The new series heralds a brand-new era for Doctor Who with a world-class team at the helm. The show will be full of action and adventure, humour and heart – an unmissable high-end drama everyone will enjoy. It will be available exclusive to Showmax later this year. 


At the three-day Comic Con Africa event, an immersive experience in the iconic time travelling TARDIS, will be on site packed full with VR experiences, video games, trivia and fan giveaways. There will also be the first ever African Whovian meet-up. Attendees and fans of the show will be able to come together and enjoy a screening of the final episode of Series 10, where the new Doctor makes her first appearance, setting the scene perfectly for all of the exhilarating and nail-biting intergalactic adventures she’ll embark on alongside her new friends, played by British favourite Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK), Tosin Cole (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Mandip Gill (The Good Karma Hospital). The Cosplay screenings will take place between 13.00 and 14.00 CAT on the 14th, 15th and 16th of September in screening room 2 – the Kyalami Conference Room. 


Doctor Who is one of the longest running action adventure television series in the world spanning 55 years and winning over 100 awards. This quintessentially British show has a huge global following, with nine million fans across social platforms and 200 million video views on Facebook and YouTube. Doctor Who has been sold to over 239 territories in its time. Series 10 was BBC America’s No 1 series, a top five highest rated drama series for young adults in the U.K. and the highest rated show on Space in Canada. It has been honoured by Guinness World Records as the world’s longest running science-fiction series. 


Stay tuned for more information on the Doctor Who stand at Comic Con Africa! 


Doctor Who is a BBC Studios and BBC America co-production. 


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