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TVFI scores UKTV, Sky doc deals

Broadcasters in the UK have picked up a raft of factual programmes from London-based distributor TVF International, including one about Kiwi paramedics.

UKTV’s Really channel has acquired Street Hospital (10×30′), a blue light series that follows New Zealand’s Free Ambulance paramedic team as they work through the night in the country’s capital, Wellington. New Zealand-based prodco Gibson Group produced the show for pubcaster TVNZ.

Meanwhile, Sky’s Pick TV – the paybox’s free-to-air promotional net – has picked up Infocus Asia’s Special Forces (6×60′), which reveals the brutal world of Asia’s elite special forces units, and Living Dolls (1×52′), a Makin’ Movies production for Shaw Media that casts new light on the world of extreme doll collecting.

Sky Arts has relicensed In Search of the Messiah (1×50′), a one-off doc that follows an award-winning violinist as she travels the globe looking for the perfect instrument to play.

Finally, the Community Channel has acquired Arte-ZDF’s Sex, The Pill and Emancipation (1×47′) and The Pill: The Atom Bomb of Contraception (1×44′). The channel has also acquired Topshelf’s hit series What’s Really in Our Food season three (10×30′).

PBS America has secured a package of US-themed titles, marking the start of a partnership between the two companies.


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