Doctor Foster Getting Arabic-Language Adaptation


BBC Studios has secured a deal with MBC Group for the first Arabic-language adaptation of the drama Doctor Foster.

Originally created by Mike Bartlett and produced by Drama Republic, the series centers on a trusted doctor whose life implodes when she suspects her husband of having an affair. The local adaptation is in production with Medyapim.

The local series will air across MBC’s linear channels and its VOD streaming platform Shahid, reaching across territories including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and the Maghreb.

Doctor Foster has previously been adapted in markets such as France, Turkey, India, Thailand, South Korea and Indonesia.

André Renaud, senior VP of global format sales at BBC Studios, said: “It’s a real treat to see that Doctor Foster continues to find voice around the world, bringing to viewers this powerful and gripping story. It’s exciting to bring more of our BBC-owned and represented formats to MBC viewers so soon after the commission of The Office, and I look forward to seeing this Gemma Foster sit alongside her contemporaries from around the world.”

Sam Barnett, CEO at MBC Group, added: “Earlier this year, we commissioned The Office; today, we can also confirm the Arabic-language adaptation of Doctor Foster—a superb title that received outstanding reviews when the original U.K. version debuted on BBC One in 2015. We cannot wait for audiences to watch our very own regional Dr. Gemma Foster and to discover such a captivating character.”