Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


BBC Drama and Factual Titles Head to TVNZ

BBC Drama and Factual Titles Head to TVNZ

The conclusion of a major content deal between BBC Worldwide Australasia and TVNZ will see a significant package of drama, natural history and factual titles air on both TV ONE and TV2 in 2007.

Led by spectacular new dramas Torchwood and Primeval, and natural history series Galapagos, the agreement will provide the national broadcaster with more than 40 hours of prime content from the BBC Worldwide slate.

Primeval (6 x 50’) is an Impossible Pictures production for ITV, ProSieben and M6, and is made by the creators of Walking with Dinosaurs. When evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) discovers prehistoric creatures alive and well in present-day Britain, the natural world is turned on its head and humanity faces a threat to its very existence.

Torchwood (13 x 50’) follows the adventures of a young team of alien investigators, led by the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman). Set in present-day Cardiff, they use scavenged alien technology to solve crime, both extra-terrestrial and human. They are separate from the government; outside the police; beyond the United Nations. Produced in association with Canada’s CBC, the first episode of Torchwood achieved the highest ever non-sport ratings on a UK digital channel.

A 3 x 50’ series from the BBC’s Natural History Unit and National Geographic, Galapagos is presented in a pioneering new visual style and is filmed entirely in High Definition. Combined with stunning cinematography, it examines the magnificent diversity of wildlife and evokes the varying characters of the islands.

Also in the deal is the most recent offering from one of Britain’s leading cultural commentators. Simon Schama’s The Power of Art (8 x 50’) focuses on eight iconic works of art, such as van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Crows and Picasso’s Guernica, and explores the history of visual imagination through the ages.

Ancient Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire is a 6 x 50’ BBC co-production with ZDF and the Discovery Channel. This dramatised documentary series tells the story of Ancient Rome through six key turning points.

The Innocence Project (8 x 50’) is a new drama from Paul Abbott’s Tightrope North productions, for the BBC and BBC America. Law professor John Ford (Lloyd Owen, Monarch of the Glen) and his students take on cases of possible unsafe conviction and attempt to gather new evidence.

“There is a huge demand for quality British content in New Zealand” said Melanie Owen, BBC Worldwide’s Sales Manager, NZ. “This is a fantastic selection of programming and we can’t wait until it’s on air on TVNZ.”

“Torchwood and Primeval are both groundbreaking, action-packed shows representing a new direction in UK drama that is ideally suited to the innovative and exciting channel offering of TV2” commented Lisa Clements, Vice President, Programme Acquisitions, at TVNZ. “I am also pleased to have acquired Galapagos, a real programming milestone in its cinematic treatment of the natural history genre. This visually stunning factual series is a perfect fit with the environment of TV ONE.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

SOE Results: TVNZ Lifts Annual Profit 25% On Flat Ad Revenue, Quits Igloo

Television New Zealand, the state-owned broadcaster, lifted annual profit 25 percent, ahead of forecast and despite a dip in advertising revenue, while quitting its stake in the pay-TV Igloo joint venture with Sky Network Television. More>>

ALSO:

Insurers Up For More Payouts: Chch Property Investor Wins Policy Appeal In Supreme Court

Ridgecrest NZ, a property investor, has won an appeal in the Supreme Court over insurance cover provided by IAG New Zealand for a Christchurch building damaged in four successive earthquakes. More>>

ALSO:

Other Cases:

Royal Society: Review Finds Community Water Fluoridation Safe And Effective

A review of the scientific evidence for and against the efficacy and safety of fluoridation of public water supplies has found that the levels of fluoridation used in New Zealand create no health risks and provide protection against tooth decay. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Croxley Calls Time On NZ Production In Face Of Cheap Imports

Croxley Stationery, whose stationery brands include Olympic, Warwick and Collins, plans to cease manufacturing in New Zealand because it has struggled to compete with lower-cost imports in a market where the printed word is giving way to electronic communications. More>>

ALSO:

Prefu Roundup: Forecasts Revised, Surplus Intact

The National government heads into the election with its Budget surplus target broadly intact, delivering a set of economic and fiscal forecasts marginally revised from May to reflect weaker commodity prices and a lower tax take. More>>

ALSO:

Convention Centre: Major New SkyCity Hotel And Laneway For Auckland

Today SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited revealed plans to build a new hotel and pedestrian laneway of bars, restaurants and boutique shopping on land it owns in the Nelson and Hobson Streets block, expanding the SKYCITY Entertainment Precinct. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news