New Zealand eager for BBC content

MUMBAI: Broadcasters in New Zealand have snapped up more than 130 hours of BBC factual and drama programming. At Mipcom BBC Worldwide concluded several deals by in the region.

TVNZ has licensed more than 95 hours of programming, including the pre-sale of the BBC series, Auschwitz . Combining rare archive material, exclusive interviews, dramatic reconstruction and CGI illustrations of the camp, the story of Auschwitz unfolds as never before seen on television.

Also licensed is Space Odyssey -Voyage to the Planets , which reveals the danger and spectacle of what it would be like for astronauts to explore other planets in the solar system, and Time Machine.

Further factual programming comes with Dangerous Passions, which explores the titanic forces of lust, jealousy and rage which lurk within us all. Also included in the package is Massive Nature a BBC/Animal Planet co-production.

Meanwhile Prime Television will air BBC drama. Mark Strong plays Harry Starks, the only crime boss in Swinging London who really matters, in The Long Firm. This is a retrospective tale of criminality set between the 60's and the 80's.

In The Murder Room Martin Shaw returns as detective Adam Dalgliesh in this P D James adaptation. Prime has also licensed factual programming, including The Truth About Killer Dinosaurs. This contains CGI animation by the wizards behind the Harry Potter films, and Nile the BBC/Discovery Channel co-production, which tells the fascinating story behind the longest river in the world.

BBC Worldwide has also sold factual programming to TV3

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