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Hat Trick scores with James May-hosted series

Distribution company Hat Trick International has announced sales for two factual entertainment series hosted by James May (Top Gear).
March 10, 2011

Distribution company Hat Trick International has announced sales for two factual entertainment series hosted by James May (Top Gear) .

The Plum Pictures-produced shows, James May’s Toy Stories and James May’s Man Lab have sold into new territories, while the production company is at work on new episodes, set to launch later this year on BBC2.

James May’s Toy Stories, which was nominated for a 2010 BAFTA, is a six-part, one-hour series that follows May as he uses classic toys to engineer bridges, train sets and a full-sized house.

The series has been picked up by 124 countries from broadcasters such as SBS Australia, Kanal 5 Sweden, Nippon TV Japan and CBC Canada.

The first series of James May’s Man Lab has been acquired by broadcasters in more than 138 countries, including Channel 9 Australia, BBC America and Discovery Europe.

Man Lab  is a three-part one hour series that challenges celebrities and and non-celebrities to take on tasks to see if men are as resourceful and practical as they’d been in the past. Some of their tasks include how to diffuse a WWI bomb and constructing flat pack furniture in under an hour.

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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