French Drama The Disappearance Heads to BBC Four


LONDON: Zodiak Rights has licensed the French drama The Disappearance (Disparue) to the U.K.’s BBC Four, among other broadcasters.

Produced by Quad Television, the 8×1-hour series will make its U.K. debut in prime time this spring. The drama has also been picked up in Italy (Mediaset), Slovakia (Rozhlas a Televízia Slovenska), Estonia (Kanal 2), Slovenia (RTV Slovenija), Poland (NBCUniversal International, 13 Ulica) and Iceland (RUV). A deal with Channel One in Russia will see The Disappearance broadcast across Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Caroline Torrance, the head of scripted at Zodiak Rights, commented: “We’re very pleased to lead the global success story of The Disappearance with this landmark sale to BBC Four, the U.K. home of a roster of television’s most successful international dramas in recent years. With its impeccable talent, both on and off screen, combined with a gripping story line, which gradually reveals the truth—and secrets—behind Léa’s disappearance, this exciting prime-time drama delivers great international appeal and we’re expecting to conclude more sales through 2016.”

Sue Deeks, the head of BBC program acquisition, said, “The Disappearance is a wonderfully nuanced and compelling drama that will keep viewers engrossed until the very end.”