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Marie Antoinette heads to BBC Two in first int’l deal for Canal+ historical drama

Marie Antoinette is currently in production

BBC Two in the UK has picked up forthcoming Canal+ original drama series Marie Antoinette from distributor Banijay Rights.

The eight-part historical drama is produced by Banijay Studios France, CAPA Drama and Les Gens, and the acquisition marks the first international deal for the series.

Created and written by Deborah Davis (The Favourite), Marie Antoinette tells the story of the young queen, played by Emilia Schüle (Ku’damm 56/63).

Writing the series alongside Davis are Louise Ironside (The Split), Avril E Russell (All on a Summer’s Day) and Chloë Moss (Run Sister Run). Pete Travis (Bloodlands) and Geoffrey Enthoven (Children of Love) direct.

Marie Antoinette is produced by Claude Chelli and Margaux Balsan for Capa Drama, Alban Étienne and Stéphanie Chartreux for Banijay Studios France, and Christophe Toulemonde for Les Gens.

Filming has begun in locations including the Châteaux of Versailles, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Lésigny, Champs, Voisins, and in the emblematic studios of Bry-sur-Marne.

The agreement was negotiated by Chris Stewart, senior VP of sales for the UK and Ireland at Banijay Rights.


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