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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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