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BBC Studios is the U.K. public broadcaster’s production arm, which can work with outside parties as well as within the BBC. It has already set up “Good Omens,” a six-part TV comedy based upon the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett novel, for Amazon and the BBC, and an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables,” for flagship channel BBC One. It will now look to add to the drama slate with the Follett and Forsyth projects.
Of the two, “Jackdaws” is further along, with a script for the first episode already written by Mick Ford (“The Boy With the Topknot”). Follett’s 2001 novel follows a team of female insurgents in Occupied France in World War II. For TV, it was originally developed as a four-parter for the BBC, but »
- Stewart Clarke
Pascal Breton’s Federation Entertainment has boarded Andrew Davies’ upcoming adaptation of “Les Miserables” and “AIDS,” an ambitious medical thriller drama set against the backdrop of the epidemic’s outbreak in the 80’s.
A one-hour drama series, “AIDS” opens in the early 80’s, when the virus started spreading and causing deaths. It centers on two teams of French and American researchers from the Institut Pasteur in Paris and National Institute of Cancer in the Maryland who embarked on a mission to discover and identify the AIDS virus.
“AIDS” is being developed by Mayane Films’s Georges Benayoun (“Wicker Park,””L’appartement”) and Franck Nouchi, a doctor-turned-journalist who worked for France’s biggest newspaper, “Le Monde,” in the 80’s. The series will be based on true facts and will feature real-life characters within the medical world.
“AIDS is being developed as a suspenseful thriller chronicling the scientific and human adventure filled with clashes, sex »
- Elsa Keslassy
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