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Hot Properties November 2020

Programming Profile

Hot Properties for November 2020


As winter approaches and the autumn months become colder, snuggling up on the sofa in front of the TV will become more common for people in the northern hemisphere, particularly as further Covid-related lockdowns in countries including the UK are enforced.


For our November Hot Properties list we have selected a range of shows in the drama, factual, formats and kids’ genres that are sure to keep viewers entertained as they continue to spend more time indoors.


Many children around the world have returned to school now since the pandemic reached its peak, but that is not the case for all, and kids are still spending more time at home overall. So, for buyers seeking children’s content, we have four shows to highlight.


Distributed by 9 Story Distribution International and produced by Fred Rogers Productions and Spiffy Pictures is Donkey Hodie, a puppet series that follows the adventures of the granddaughter of the original Donkey Hodie character from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.


From Cake comes Tish Tash, a preschool series about a bear, her family and larger-than-life imaginary friend, while The Mighty Little Bheem, from Jetpack Distribution, is India’s first Netflix original animation and follows a loveable, curious and universally relatable toddler. Also in the kids’ genre is animated series Space Nova, from ZDF Enterprises, about a family of astronauts.


Moving into unscripted, we have 10 factual shows to take a look at, including Passion Distribution’s Epidemic: The Great Plague, a three-part presenter-led TV event about the outbreak of bubonic plague that devastated the UK in the 17th Century, and Autentic Distribution’s The Dyatlov Pass Incident, which examines the unsolved disappearance of nine hikers in the Ural Mountains in 1959.


Albatross World Sales offers On Thin Ice, which explores the effects of climate change on the Arctic, while Blue Ant International’s The Weather Files: Total Impact takes viewers inside extreme weather events and natural disasters.


These two climate-themed series are joined by Drive’s Prince William: A Planet for Us All, a doc that follows the British royal over two years as he embarks on a global mission to champion action for the natural world.


Meanwhile, Banijay’s Ambulance is also on our November Hot Properties list, an observational docuseries that offers an insight into the front line of emergency healthcare in the UK.


Striking a more light-hearted note are Ladies First Distribution’s travel docuseries Dolce Vita and Ruptly Documentary Collection’s The Future is Now, which showcases the latest developments in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, genetic engineering and urban planning.


NENT Studios UK’s Live Well for Longer, meanwhile, is a health show covering topics ranging from sex and diet to illness and wellbeing, while History’s Greatest Mysteries, presented by Laurence Fishburne and from A+E Global Content Sales, investigates some of the greatest mysteries of all time.


Also in unscripted, we have picked four formats for our November Hot Properties playlist, starting with Gusto Worldwide Media’s DNA Dinners. The series explores the diverse heritages of 16 individuals as they discover their ancestry through DNA analysis and celebrate it through cooking.


From Insight TV comes Ultimate Goal, a format that searches Europe for the next female football star. This is joined by Rabbit Films’ Flea Market Challenge, a gameshow in which three people compete to see who can earn the most cash by selling their own unwanted possessions at a flea market.


Concluding the formats list is Red Arrow Studios International’s How to Become Superhuman, an extreme adventure format in which celebrities are challenged to “unlock their own superpowers and achieve the impossible.”


Heading into scripted, we have selected 11 dramas from a range of companies around the world. From Bavaria Media International comes Storm of Love, a European telenovela that has been sold into more than 25 countries to date, while Carsey-Werner Television’s The Conners is a follow-up to 1988 comedy series Roseanne, centring on the matriarch’s family.


Joining these shows in the more uplifting drama category is feature film This Little Love of Mine, from Nicely Entertainment, about a lawyer who reconnects with her childhood best friend. Hammarvik, from Eccho Rights, is a blue-sky crime drama based on the novel by Swedish author Camilla Läckberg.


Taking a supernatural turn, Cineflix Rights is offering Western horror series Wynonna Earp, while StudioCanal has added Possessions to the playlist, a psychological thriller in which a woman is accused of murdering her husband on her wedding night.


Another thriller is Partisan, which comes from Federation Entertainment. Set in a gated eco-farm, in lush yet suspicious surroundings, the series tackles current themes such as the rise of white supremacism and human genetic selection.


A final thriller is Sony Pictures Television’s The Commons, a character-driven series which plays out at the intersection of climate change and the cutting edge of bio-technology.


Inspired by the real story of a series of murders that took place in the 1980s, Global Screen’s miniseries Dark Woods dramatises the investigation into the disappearance of Barbara Neder in Hamburg.


Also based on true events is ITV Studios drama Honour, about Banaz Mahmod, a young woman in the UK who was murdered by her family for falling in love with the wrong man.


Concluding the drama selection is Entertainment One’s Feudal, which follows a dysfunctional clan of adult half-siblings battling for control of their family business.


Enjoy the Hot Properties playlist for November 2020!