Franco-German broadcaster ARTE is to adapt Lion TV and the BBC’s Britain From Above format (pictured) into two 90-minute primetime doc specials and a 10 x 26-minute series, made via French prodco Point du Jour.
The news came as the network unveiled a number of new titles and coproductions at Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle.
“We have been working together with Lion TV and Point du Jour on a very free adaptation,” Catherine Alvaresse, deputy director of ARTE France’s specialist factual department, told realscreen. “The two primetime 90-minutes will focus each respectively on France and Germany, recreating a typical day in each country.”
The 26-minute series has been more specifically tailored to ARTE as a Franco-German channel, she added. Half of the episodes will focus on the common history of the two countries, from the Middle Ages to present day, using old maps for ‘from-above’ visual effect, and the other half will be common themes ranging from the steel industry to vacations.
In other news, ARTE also revealed that it has stepped in on a new Brian Lapping and Norma Percy-produced 4 x 52-minute doc series that the BBC is making about U.S. president Barack Obama.