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ZDFE lines up historical dramas

Period crime drama Dead Still is set in Victorian Ireland

ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE), the commercial arm of the German pubcaster, is bound for Mipcom next week with period dramas including Dead Still and Cold War miniseries The Wall.

Dead Still (6×50’) is set in Victorian-era Ireland and follows a renowned memorial photographer as he investigates the murders of his recently deceased subjects.

Cold War miniseries The Wall (3×90’ or 6×45’) features a family divided by the Berlin Wall during the final years of East Germany.

Also on the ZDFE slate is Heirs of the Night (26×26’). Aimed at young adults, the series is set in 1898 and sees five European vampire clans attempt to unite in order to avoid extinction.

Ottilie von Faber-Castell (2×90’), meanwhile, tells the story of a woman who inherits a pencil manufacturing empire in 19th century Germany as she works to find a place in an industry dominated by men.

Vampire tale Heirs of the Night targets young adults

Among ZDFE’s unscripted titles is Great Inventions (35×50’), a copro between World Media Rights, Off The Fence, Doc.station and K22 Film, which celebrates some of the best and worst feats of engineering.

Ancient Skies (3×50’) takes a look at the approach and understanding of heaven though history and explains the science behind the things our ancestors sought to explain through mythology. The show is produced by Impossible Factual in association with PBS and ZDF Enterprises.

Finally, factual film Lost Kings of Bioko (1×50’) explores life on an isolated island off the coast of Central Africa, which holds a greater variety of species than almost any other place on Earth.

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