“Keeping the Nation Alive” heads to the Netherlands

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has sold The Garden's format Keeping the Nation Alive to Dutch channel Ned 1. (Pictured: Keeping Britain Alive)
February 10, 2014

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has sold The Garden’s format Keeping the Nation Alive to Dutch channel Ned 1.

Keeping the Netherlands Alive will air this year, with iCare Productions tapped to produce the 5 x 60-minute series.

The medical ob doc format features stories and situations from patients and healthcare staff, in a bid to create a portrait of what 24 hours is like in that nation’s healthcare system.

Other local versions of the format have been sold into Norway and France, with ITV Studios Nordic’s Keeping Norway Alive airing recently on TV Norge and Keeping France Alive being produced by ITV Studios France for France 2. The original version from The Garden, Keeping Britain Alive (pictured ab0ve), aired on BBC2 in the UK.

“The Garden has a reputation for devising innovative observational documentaries and Keeping The Nation Alive is no exception,” said Tobias de Graaff, director of global television distribution for ITVS GE. “It offers a unique insight into all the emotions of human life, through personal health stories spanning birth to death.”

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