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MIPTV Picks ’09 – Undercover Princes

Surely everyone wants to be loved for who they are inside and not for their status or possessions. Royalty is no different, judging by the premise of Undercover Princes. The series introduces us to three bachelor princes from exotic lands (India, South Africa and Sri Lanka) who have everything they could ask for, except a significant other. They're transplanted to Brighton, given new identities and are left to fend for themselves financially (working in bars, hotels and restaurants) and romantically.
March 24, 2009


Surely everyone wants to be loved for who they are inside and not for their status or possessions. Royalty is no different, judging by the premise of Undercover Princes.
The series introduces us to three bachelor princes from exotic lands (India, South Africa and Sri Lanka) who have everything they could ask for, except a significant other. They’re transplanted to Brighton, given new identities and are left to fend for themselves financially (working in bars, hotels and restaurants) and romantically. Over the course of the episodes, the princes learn much about themselves and each other (particularly charged are the exchanges between openly gay Indian prince Manvendra and South African prince Africa Zulu), and in the course of the big reveal, bring their catches back to their homelands. Will true love rule?
Partners: Objective Productions and Kalel Productions for BBC3, distributed through All3Media
Length: 4 x 60 mins.

Aired: January 2009 (BBC3)
Rights available: World, excluding UK

About The Author
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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