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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

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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