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Fleming drama goes global

Broadcasters in France, Australia, Canada and Portugal are amongst 12 networks to have picked up rights to the upcoming drama series that explores the life of James Bond author Ian Fleming.

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond (4×45’) is produced by Ecosse Films and distributed by BBC Worldwide (BBCWW). The show is set in 1939 as Fleming takes on a new job as a naval intelligence officer, and explores how his real-life experiences helped him create the future James Bond character.

The series has been picked up by channels in France (Arte), Australia (ABC), Canada (Showcase and BBC Canada) and Portugal (Zon), while Sweden’s TV4, Denmark’s DR, Norway’s TV2, Belgium’s VRT, Turkey’s Sinema TV, BBC Africa and Japan’s Wowow will also broadcast the show.

HBO has also inked a pan-Nordic region deal for the series, which is being coproduced by BBC America and will debut on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

In related news, BBCWW has also licensed crime drama Quirke (3×90’), which is based on the books by Benjamin Black (the pseudonym for Irish writer John Banville), to a number of third parties.

German channel Degeto, Croatia’s HRT, Denmark’s DR, Iceland’s RUV and Slovenia’s RTV have all picked up the show, which follows the life of a chief pathologist in the Dublin City Morgue during the 1950s.

The series is being coproduced by BBC Drama Production with Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions.


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