MIPCOM Spotlight: BBC Studios


The natural-history series Dynasties shines a light on the family dynamics of five different wild animals, “with dramatic storytelling that will captivate audiences,” says Paul Dempsey, the president of global markets at BBC Studios.

“We have seen the huge global appetite for premium natural history following the international success of Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, and with BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit again at the helm, Dynasties raises the bar of what is possible in this genre.”

Dominic West and David Oyelowo are among the cast of Les Misérables, adapted by screenwriter Andrew Davies. Richard Gere makes his return to the small screen in MotherFatherSon, a political and psychological thriller. He is joined by Helen McCrory and Billy Howle in playing the family at the heart of the drama.

“We have a tremendous slate to mark our first MIPCOM as BBC Studios,” Dempsey says.

With the global success of Dancing with the Stars, BBC Studios has high expectations for Dancing with the Stars: Juniors in the international market. “It’s a feel-good, aspirational show and essential family viewing,” says Sumi Connock, BBC Studios’ creative director of formats. “We’ve really taken our time to ensure that Dancing with the Stars: Juniors will sit well on any network and uphold the high production values of the original format.” She adds that the show has “a really great energy and warmth to it.”

One Day That Changed My Life shines a light on ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances, while Different Like Me brings together young people who share unusual conditions in order to help them gain confidence and overcome their insecurities. “One Day That Changed My Life is a great format for daytime or prime time with a real human angle as we see ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances,” says Connock.