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BBC4 picks up first Spanish drama

BBC4 in the UK has picked up its first Spanish drama through its deal with distributor Arrow Films.

I Know Who You Are is a crime drama that follows a family that tears itself apart following the disappearance of a loved one.

The 10×70’ series is produced by Filmax International (The Red Band Society) and Mediaset España and is directed and exec produced by Pau Freixas. The head writer is Ivan Mercadé.

BBC4 – home to a number of international scripted series – will air the drama this year.

Last August, Cassian Harrison, channel editor at BBC4, said the network would ramp up its acquisitions in the international drama space and get in on scripted series earlier in the face of growing competition from the likes of Channel.

C4 has stepped up its focus on international acquisitions recently following the launch of its joint-venture foreign-language VoD service Walter Presents, which last year picked up rights to hit Spanish prison drama Vis a Vis (Locked Up).

Spanish drama is expected to make a bigger impression on the global TV market this year with local telco Telefónica last week committing €70m (US$75m) to invigorate these efforts.


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