BBC Deal for Marie Antoinette


Banijay Rights has presold the historical drama Marie Antoinette to BBC Two in the U.K.

The eight-part drama is produced by Banijay Studios France, CAPA Drama and Les Gens. The acquisition marks the first international deal for the Canal+ Creation Originale.

Created and written by Deborah Davis (The Favourite), Marie Antoinette tells the story of the modern and avant-garde young queen, played by Emilia Schüle (Ku’damm 56/63). The writing team also includes Louise Ironside (The Split), Avril E. Russell (All on a Summer’s Day) and Chloë Moss (Run Sister Run). The series is directed by Pete Travis (Bloodlands) and Geoffrey Enthoven (Children of Love).

Chris Stewart, senior VP of sales for the U.K. and Eire at Banijay Rights, said: “Marie Antoinette is an extraordinary fresh new take on one of France’s most iconic—and controversial—figures, filled with stunning scenery, fine performances and epic costumes. Following on from the success of Versailles on BBC Two, we are excited to again bring the extravagance and excitement of French court life to U.K. viewers.”

Sue Deeks, head of program acquisitions at the BBC, said: “Marie Antoinette possesses an enduring fascination and Deborah Davis has a very singular vision for her story—we are truly delighted to be bringing this ambitious project to BBC Two and iPlayer.“