BBCWW unveils most-watched shows
BBC Worldwide revealed its top-rated programs from around the world on Thursday (Feb. 8).
Emmy-award winning Planet Earth II (pictured) from BBC Studios’ natural history unit was the BBC’s most-watched finished program of 2017 in France, Germany and the Netherlands. In Germany, the blue-chip docuseries was the highest rating documentary of the year on pubcaster ZDF. It was also the highest rating natural history program of the year in Australia, although not Australia’s highest rated program overall.
In South Africa, BBC Studios’ Top Gear took top spot.
In many countries, local versions of British shows took the overall top spot for highest rating BBC Worldwide shows.
The most popular BBCWW show overall in France, Italy, Sweden, Poland, the U.S. and Norway was Dancing With the Stars – the international version of BBC Studios’ Strictly Come Dancing. Dancing With the Stars has been licensed to 54 countries, with recent launches in Brazil and Ireland.
Meanwhile, in Holland, the local version of The Great British Bake Off – All of Holland is Baking, topped BBCWW audience charts.
BBC Worldwide sells programs to more than 200 territories worldwide, as well as licensing the format of shows to overseas broadcasters to be remade for local versions.
Below is the full list of highest rated shows and formats distributed by BBC Worldwide:
France: Local version of Dancing with the Stars highest overall; Planet Earth II highest complete program.
Germany: Planet Earth II.
Italy: Local version of Dancing with the Stars highest overall; Doctor Foster highest complete
Spain: Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes.
Sweden: Local version of Dancing with the Stars highest overall; DCI Banks highest complete
Canada: Diana, 7 Days.
US: local version of Dancing with the Stars highest overall; Sherlock highest complete
Poland: local version of Dancing with the Stars highest overall; Wild New Zealand highest complete program.
Norway: Local version of Dancing with the Stars highest overall; Father Brown highest complete programme
Netherlands: local version of Great Bake Off highest overall; Planet Earth II highest complete.
South Africa: Top Gear.
Singapore: The Story of China
Australia: Death in Paradise
New Zealand: format of Coast New Zealand was highest rating overall, Blue Planet II the highest BBC distributed show.
Scorpion TV inks global deals
London-based prodco and distribution agency Scorpion TV has inked content deals across North America, Australia, Africa and Europe.
In Canada, Canal D has picked up The Modern British Slave Trade and Over 18, which looks at the issue of children accessing online pornography.
Australia’s SBS will air The Search for The Last Supper, while indigenous channel NITV acquired both Race for Justice and The Queen & Zac Grieve.
For the UK and Africa, AETN acquired Borderland, which follows six Americans who retrace the footsteps of three dead migrants.
Elsewhere, Discovery Poland has picked up The Modern British Slave Trade and The True Cost. Meanwhile, Sonic Magic, Shelter, Borderland and The True Cost head to Polish audiences on iTVN.
In Hungary, Echo TV has picked up current affairs documentaries including The Modern British Slave Trade, War Reporter, Shelter, Red Light/Green Light, Brexit Means Brexit, Hard Earned and Infiltrators.
A number of animal-themed documentaries are heading to Russia’s U7, including Zapped, Wolves Unleashed, Flying Rainbow and Sheltered in Oaks.
The LGBT on-demand platform Revery in the U.S. has acquired Survival of the Fabulous, Intersexion, Sexters, Transsexual Stories and Out in Mumbai.
Lastly, Al Jazeera Arabic has picked up The Sonic Magic and The Royal Tour.
W5, Vice Canada team on Steel Town Down Overdose Crisis In The SOO
Current affairs and doc program W5 and Vice Canada have teamed on their first documentary which looks at the impact of Canada’s opioid crisis on small towns.
The hour-long film, Steel Town Down: Overdose Crisis In The SOO, will premiere Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV’s W5.
Directed by Vice Canada’s Shawney Cohen, the film explores the fallout of the opioid crisis beyond Canada’s urban cities. It takes a close-up look at the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont, where, in the wake of the decline of the local steel industry, the lack of job opportunities and social services have left the city vulnerable to a growing drug epidemic.
Featuring interviews with addiction counsellors, paramedics, harm reduction workers, and local residents struggling with their own addictions, Steel Town explores how the opioid crisis is impacting small communities across the country.
Additionally, W5 and Vice Canada have partnered with Twitter Canada to premiere the documentary through a live stream on each organization’s Twitter account, concurrent with the television premiere.