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BBCWW serves up Nigella Lawson for MIPCOM

The celebrity chef will be making her first appearance at the Cannes market to internationally launch her new Italian cooking series, Nigellissima.
September 27, 2012

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson will make her first visit to the MIPCOM market in Cannes, via BBC Worldwide (BBCWW).

Lawson will be in town to launch her upcoming series Nigellissima (6 x 30 minutes, 1 x 30 minutes), which will feature the British chef’s take on Italian cooking. The series premiered in the UK earlier this week on BBC2.

Also making its way to MIPCOM as part of the BBCWW slate is the latest travel series from former Monty Python comic-turned-travelog star, Michael Palin. Brazil with Michael Palin (4 x 55 minutes) has already racked up pre-sales to ABC in Australia, RTL Pay in Germany, VRT in Belgium, Czech TV, Media Entertainment’s pan-Eastern European feed, VPRO in Holland, YLE in Finland, RÚV in Iceland, NRK in Norway and RTV in Slovenia.

“Michael is a distinguished broadcaster with fans all over the world, so we expect these sales to be the first of many,” said Mark Reynolds, director of factual for BBC Worldwide. “Similarly, Nigella’s programs have a proven global appeal, and it’s a real thrill to have her joining us at MIPCOM.”

Other factual titles on the slate include Space Dive, a 1 x 90 minute copro with National Geographic Channels which documents base jumper Felix Baumgartner as he attempts a free fall from 125,000 feet; Wonders of Life (5 x 50 minutes) featuring professor Brian Cox and coproduced with China’s CCTV-9 and Science Channel, and science series Generation Earth (3 x 50 minutes), coproduced with CCTV-9 and Discovery Channel; blue chip title Wild Arabia (3 x 50 minutes); and Chef Race (10 x 50 minutes) from Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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