Shameless, Strangers Being Adapted for India


All3Media International has struck a deal that will see BBC Studios India Production locally adapt two scripted dramas from its catalog.

BBC Studios India Production will be working on an Indian adaptation of Shameless, originally created by Paul Abbot and Company Pictures for Channel 4. The show centers on an unemployed and perpetually drunken father who is consistently expanding his lineage amidst the challenges of adolescence and the intoxicating allure of first love.

Also coming to the screen in India, the Two Brothers Pictures crime drama Strangers aka White Dragon was originally created for ITV in the U.K. and written by Mark Denton, Jonny Stockwood, Marston Bloom and Harry and Jack Williams. The crime drama centers on a man whose wife tragically dies in a car accident. His entire world is upended as he decides to visit the city where it happened and stumbles upon a startling revelation about his wife, plunging him into a labyrinth of conspiracy.

As part of the agreement, BBC Studios India Production will adapt and develop these two titles for the Indian market and source a commission for the two dramas in India.

Sameer Gogate, general manager of BBC Studios India Production, said: “We are excited to partner with All3Media to bring the popular Shameless and Strangers to Indian audiences. They are two brilliant dramas, very different in tone, but both equally suited to the local market who enjoy clever, captivating storylines. With viewers’ preferences evolving and their desire for compelling content growing, we are confident that these unique shows will be a hit with Indian audiences.”

Sabrina Duguet, executive VP for AsiaPac at All3Media International, said, “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with BBC Studios which will further establish our footprint in India. BBC Studios India Production shares our production values and our love for top-quality drama, and we know they will adapt these two dramas brilliantly for the Indian market. Our business has been going from strength to strength, with seven scripted formats already commissioned in India. We are very proud to see the tense, closed series thriller Strangers aka White Dragon become the third title from Two Brothers Pictures to be adapted in the region following the success of Marzi (Liar) and Mithya (Cheat). Additionally, Company Pictures’ Shameless arrives in India having attained legendary status for its long award-winning run in the U.K. and via its acclaimed adaption in the U.S.A.—we are sure that India’s own Gallagher family antics will enthrall local audiences.”