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Mip TV Picks 2008: The Secrets of the Forbidden City

A mention of The Forbidden City conjures the mythic ghosts of Chinese history, a time when the Emperor could move mountains and bend an entire nation to his will.
April 2, 2008


A mention of The Forbidden City conjures the mythic ghosts of Chinese history, a time when the Emperor could move mountains and bend an entire nation to his will.

Lion will take viewers back to that time to explore the foundations of the City (still the largest palace in the world), especially the period between 1403 and 1424, when Ming Emperor Yongle opened his country to the world, though he himself lived as almost a prisoner in The Forbidden City. Though the City is largely closed to outsiders (let alone foreigners), Lion has secured extensive access and will explain how and why the City was built, and recount the history and horrors that have taken place within its walls. Partners: Lion Television (London) for BBC and The History Channel (US), distributed through All3Media (London)
Wrapped: April
Length: 120 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide

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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