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MIPCOM Picks 2009 – Three in a Bed

The British bed-and-breakfast owner has long been a subject of curiosity, both within its home country and abroad (witness the success of Fawlty Towers). And while Three in a Bed doesn't feature a character as over-the-top eccentric/neurotic as John Cleese's Basil Fawlty, it does provide an entertaining window to the quaint yet competitive nature of those who open their homes to tourists.
September 29, 2009


The British bed-and-breakfast owner has long been a subject of curiosity, both within its home country and abroad (witness the success of Fawlty Towers). And while Three in a Bed doesn’t feature a character as over-the-top eccentric/neurotic as John Cleese’s Basil Fawlty, it does provide an entertaining window to the quaint yet competitive nature of those who open their homes to tourists. The series features three B&B-owning couples that agree to stay in each other’s homes, sampling the food, festivities and surroundings of the others’ operations. And while the criticisms the couples level at each other are all couched in characteristic British reserve, the knives do indeed come out. A clever concept, delivered with wit and charm.
Partners: Studio Lambert (London) for Channel 4, distributed by All3Media (London)
Length: 8 x 60 minutes
Airing: Summer, 2010
Rights available: All worldwide excluding U.S. format rights

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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