Foreigners living in Central & Eastern Europe are in for a treat after BBC Worldwide granted licences to 17 broadcasters all over the region to screen over 530 hours of popular TV dramas.
In Slovakia the licence was granted to public broadcaster RTVS, while in the Czech Republic the programmes will be shown by TV Barrandov. The programmes include Parade’s End, Sinbad, Call the Midwife (STV only), Inside Men, Deadly 60 (series 1 to STV) and more.
Heike Renner, Territory Manager, Eastern and Central Europe & CIS, BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution, commented, “We’re continuing to build strong relationships with our clients in Central & Eastern Europe, and we’re very pleased to work with them to bring so many high-end programmes to viewers across the region.” She added, “The programmes licensed in these deals reflect the breadth of our catalogue, from top quality dramas to some exciting new female-skewing lifestyle and music titles.”
The BBC Worldwide cross-genre slate for NATPE 2012 caters for all demographics, with male-skewing lifestyle series World’s Toughest Trucker and Richard Hammond’s Crash Course lining up alongside Planet Cake, a documentary following the internationally-renowned cake decorators of the same name, as they serve up couture cake masterpieces for the likes of Nicole Kidman, Celine Dion and Rihanna. For kids, there’s Andy’s Wild Adventures, in which CBeebies presenter Andy Day encounters animals in their natural habitats. Also on offer is Good Cop, with Luther star Warren Brown starring as a Liverpool beat cop turned vigilante.
Now all we can do is hope that the programmes will have subtitles rather than those voiceovers, which have increased in Slovakia since Vladimir Meciar introduced the National Language Act, while the use of subtitles is more widespread in the Czech Republic.