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MotherCorp and London's Itel have teamed up to produce and internationally distribute two acclaimed BBC strands. Both Timewatch and Under the Sun can look forward to several more years on BBC2....
December 1, 1997

MotherCorp and London’s Itel have teamed up to produce and internationally distribute two acclaimed BBC strands. Both Timewatch and Under the Sun can look forward to several more years on BBC2.

The first five of 30 new hours of Timewatch will be ready for the London Programme Market, with another five completed for the end of the year. Ten will follow each year until the turn of the century. Titles for the completed hours include: Maya, In Search of Cleopatra and The True Story of the Bridge Over the River Kwai.

With one hour in the can, and six more on the way before the end of the year, Under The Sun will introduce viewers to unfamiliar cultures around the world. The completed hour is entitled Tristan de Cunha, and examines the inhabitants of a remote volcanic island near the Falklands. The strand will see 14 new hours produced next year.

Production budgets for both series is estimated to be around £200,000 per hour.

In this report:
-Spotlight on Seventh Art
-The Sins of their fathers
-Bright Lights, Big City
-Mothercorp and Itel go long

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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