BBC Studios Sells Raft of Dramas


BBC Studios has secured a range of international sales for its drama series Beyond Paradise, Boiling Point, Blue Lights and The Famous Five.

Beyond Paradise season one, a spin-off of Death in Paradise, is co-commissioned by the BBC and BritBox International. The series has sold into 40 countries, including Germany (ZDF), Italy (Mediaset), New Zealand (Sky), Nordics (BritBox), Portugal (Star Crime) and Spain (COSMO and Atreseries). The show also premiered on BBC First in Australia, Poland, Turkey, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Boiling Point, starring Stephen Graham and Vinette Robinson and produced by Ascendant Fox and Matriarch Productions with Made Up Productions for the BBC, has confirmed sales in Africa (M-Net and Showmax), Cyprus (CyBC), France (CANAL+), Finland (Yle), Greece (CINOBO), New Zealand (TVNZ) and the Netherlands (NPO). The show has also premiered on BBC First in Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands and been licensed to numerous airlines, including Emirates and Singapore Airlines.

The Northern Ireland-set crime drama Blue Lights (Gallagher Films/Two Cities Television) has been snapped up by Africa (M-Net and Showmax), Australia (SBS), Canada (BBC First, Blue Ant Media), Cyprus (CyBC), Denmark (DR), Estonia (ERR), France (POLAR+), Finland (Yle), Greece (COSMOTE TV), Iceland (RÚV), Latvia (LTV), New Zealand (Warner Bros Discovery ANZ, Three Now), Netherlands (NPO), Norway (NRK), North America (BritBox), Spain (Movistar Plus+) and Sweden (TV4), as well as Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Etihad. The show also premiered on BBC First in Poland and Turkey.

The Famous Five, commissioned by the BBC in co-production with German ZDF and in association with The Mediapro Studio, is to reach Africa (M-Net and Showmax), Australia (Stan), France (TF1), Greece (COSMOTE TV), Korea (KT) and New Zealand (Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ, Three Now). The series has also been acquired by BBC First for the Netherlands and Belgium.

Nick Percy, president of global media and streaming at BBC Studios, said: “From exploring the intricacies of running a new kitchen amid personal struggles in Boiling Point to the gripping drama of rookie police officers in Northern Ireland in Blue Lights, these sales are a testament to the appeal of thought-provoking storytelling that transcends borders and brings people together. Beyond Paradise, Blue Lights, Boiling Point and The Famous Five have all resonated with international audiences, capturing sales in multiple countries. It’s great to see the global reach of these compelling drama series.”