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Banijay unveils London Screenings slate ahead of Wednesday showcase

Mark Rylance will return as Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light

LONDON SCREENINGS: European production and distribution group Banijay has unveiled its London Screenings slate, led by scripted series Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light, and documentary Front Row.

Banijay is hosting three screenings session across next Wednesday, February 28, at Bafta in central London.

For its scripted slate, Banijay Rights is highlighting Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light, a Playground and Company Pictures coproduction, directed by Peter Kosminsky, for the BBC in the UK and PBS Masterpiece in the US, which follows Thomas Cromwell as he navigates the moral complexities of the Tudor court following the execution of Anne Boleyn.

Another period drama from Playground, for Channel 5 in the UK, in association with Screen Ireland, Red Berry Productions and Newgrange Pictures is new returnable six-part series The Hardacres- based on CL Skelton’s novel series, The Hardacre Saga.

The scripted slate also includes Steven Knight’s This Town for the BBC; Welsh drama The One That Got Away (Cleddau) for Welsh pubcaster S4C; and Invisible Boys for Australian streamer Stan.

Buyers can also expect a preview of second seasons of Marie Antoinette for Canal+ and the BBC, and Rogue Heroes for the BBC and MGM+.

Leading its documentary offering, Front Row takes centre stage. The feature-length premium documentary from Scenery and Pretty Matches, Front Row, exec produced by actor and producer Sarah Jessica Parker, and directed by Miriam Guttmann (Sundance Film Festival selection Seeds of Deceit), highlights the resilience of Ukrainian ballet dancers during wartime.

From Workerbee comes two documentaries, Anatomy of a Murder, a feature length true-crime story centring around the daughter of an Iranian family, who has spent more than 30 years and millions of her fortune to try and find her mother’s killer; and Four Kings for Prime Video, exploring the history of British boxing through four men coming from the same London neighbourhood who heralded a golden era and changed the way Britain viewed its black athletes.

Banijay will showcase a slate of formats including adrenaline-fuelled travelling success The Summit for Australia’s Nine Network; new spin-off, Deal or No Deal Island created for US broadcast network NBC; adventure reality format and ratings winner Shaolin Heroes for Denmark’s TV2; recent Channel 4 factual reality VoD hit Banged Up; gameshow Upside Down for Holland’s RTL4 and The Fortune Hotel for ITV1 and ITVX.

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