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Fremantle unveils Mipcom slate

Eva Green in The Luminaries

Production giant Fremantle’s UK-based distribution arm is taking 14 series to Mipcom next month, including drama The Luminaries, based on Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel.

The Luminaries is a 6×60′ Working Title Films and Southern Light Films production for BBC2 in the UK and TVNZ1 in New Zealand. Starring Eva Green (Casino Royale), the series is set on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island in the boom years of the 1860s gold rush.

Fellow adaptation Dublin Murders, based on the first two books in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad crime series, The Woods and The Likeness, is also on the slate.  The 8×60′ psychological thriller, which focuses on a series of child murders in the Irish capital, comes from Fremantle’s Euston Films alongside Veritas Entertainment Group and Element Pictures. It has been made for BBC1 in the UK and Starz in the US.

La Jauria is a Spanish-language series coproduced by Fabula in collaboration with Fremantle for TVN in Chile. The 8×60′ psychological thriller follows a police force investigating the disappearance of a young woman. It is directed by screenwriter and film director Lucia Puenzo.

From Miso Film for Nordic streamer Viaplay is Face to Face, an 8×30′ thriller directed by Christopher Boe. The series follows an investigator called out to identify the body of a young woman, only to discover his own daughter lying on the autopsy table.

Also from Miso Film for Viaplay is Seizure, an 8×60′ series telling the story of two troubled detectives who become entangled in the biggest case of their lives – the death of four immigrant teenage boys whose bodies are discovered in an abandoned swimming pool.

Darklands (6×60′), meanwhile, is a Parallel Films and Stalker Films production for Virgin Media Television in the UK and Ireland. The series focuses on a 17-year-old boy whose hero and older brother disappears after a failed drug deal.

The last title on Fremantle’s scripted slate is The Windermere Children, a 1×90′ Wall to Wall Media and Warner Bros International Television Production Germany special for the BBC and Germany’s ZDF. The plot revolves around a group of child survivors and presumed orphans of the Holocaust as they arrive at Lake Windermere in England. It is written by Simon Block.

Chasing Life with Dr Sanjay Gupta is a CNN original production

In the unscripted space, Fremantle is bringing docuseries Enslaved to Mipcom. The 6×60′ production, from Associated Producers and Cornelia Street, traces the history of slavery across international waters and is hosted and exec produced by actor Samuel L Jackson.

From Bigger Bang for CuriosityStream in the US is Secrets of the Solar System (working title), an 8×60′ series exploring our solar system and the space missions carried out in it.

Chasing Life with Dr Sanjay Gupta is a 6×60′ CNN original production following the journalist and neurosurgeon as he travels around the world in search of the secrets to living better.

Belsen: The Untold Story is a 1×60′ special from Atlantic Productions for BBC1. It reveals the story of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, in which more than 50,000 people died in the last phase of the Second World War. Directed by Tom Stubberfield, the programme features interviews with some of the last remaining survivors of the Holocaust.

From Propagate Content, Universal Television Alternative Studio and Before the Door Pictures is the second season of In Search Of, an investigative series travelling the globe examining various unexplained mysteries. The 8×60′ second season looks at the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, UFOs, the Bermuda Triangle, the lost colony of Roanoke, the Ark of the Covenant and the end of the world. Hosted and exec produced by actor Zachary Quinto (Heroes), the series is produced for History.

Meanwhile, Jamie’s Ultimate Veg is a 6×60′ series from Jamie Oliver Productions for Channel 4 in the UK, in which the celebrity chef cooks up a collection of vegetarian dishes.

The final unscripted show is Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, a 6×120′ Thames and Syco Entertainment production for ITV in the UK. The programme features the various winners of the Got Talent series from across the globe as they go head-to-head to become the ultimate champion.



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