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ITV announces Mipcom slate

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has revealed its slate for Mipcom, led by dramas Noughts + Crosses and the French adaptation of Cold Feet.

Noughts + Crosses

Based on the award-winning novels by Malorie Blackman, Noughts + Crosses shines a light on issues of race, prejudice and identity as it follows the story of a first love in an alternate society.

The contemporary family drama Flesh and Blood tells the story of three adult siblings caught up in an investigation, while drama series Sticks and Stones explores the effects of bullying in the workplace.

ITV will also be taking international titles to Cannes. Une Belle Histoire, the French adaptation of Big Talk and ITV’s copro dramedy Cold Feet, will be launching at Mipcom alongside two Italian crime titles: Masantonio and Petra. The revival of the 90s series Seachange will also be showcased at Mipcom after its success in Australia.

Comedy also features prominently on ITV’s slate this year, with new series Glass Houses, a story about the dangers of idle gossip, and Zomboat, a comedic take on a zombie apocalypse, making their debuts in Cannes. The second season of the comedy series Brassic as well as the sixth and final season of Schitt’s Creek will also be showcased at Mipcom.

There is also space for factual content on ITV’s slate. Famed biologist and natural historian Sir David Attenborough’s one-hour special India’s Wild Karnataka is making its way to Cannes alongside Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure. The documentary Wild Tokyo explores the wildlife that coexists with the inhabitants of the Japanese city, while Anatomy of a Wild Fire looks at the causes behind mass fires and how those on the frontline work to stop them.

The docuseries Police Code Zero: Officer Under Attack follows members of the police force through dangerous situations they face, and Belmarsh Prison sees documentarian Ross Kemp enter HMP Belmarsh, the UK’s most notorious Category A prison, as he takes a look at life behind bars. Meanwhile, the medical docuseries The Arrival showcases families’ experience with the birth of a new baby.

A number of ITV’s formats will also be on show at the French coast, with award-winning Love Island heading the slate of new and returning formats. Among the new formats are Comedians Giving Lectures with comedians providing their own take on academics, Old Wife, New Life which sees ex-wives move in with newly-weds to help resolve old issues, and new quiz show The Switch. The new kids show Project Z, part structured reality and part gameshow set in an imaginary zombie world, and Embarrassing pets complete the line up of new formats.

Capping off ITV’s slate for the year are returning formats such as the physical gameshow Catchpoint and In For A Penny.

Finally, famous TV duo Ant and Dec will also be travelling to Cannes with ITV to share the story of their 29 years in the entertainment industry.

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