Granada International to launch four new shows at Mipcom

MUMBAI: Granada International has acquired worldwide distribution rights to four new shows from factual production unit Original Productions. Subjects range from a fascinating glimpse of the underground world of fighting clubs, to an unconventional tour company that goes in search of the best-ever tornado, to the ultimate garden makeover show and the heartbreak and loss of families of missing children. Each one of the new shows will be launched to international buyers next month in Cannes at the television trade event Mipcom. Granada International director of acquisitions and co-productions Emmanuelle Namiech, says, “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Original Productions. An independent company that always finds the most original aspects of our world today and captures them in the most creative and entertaining way for TV viewers.”

Backyard Nation is a backyard makeover show that delivers dream gardens to people who cannot or will not do it themselves. From a professional Hollywood stuntman who wants a motocross track and skate bowl built in his backyard, to homeowners Adam and Athena who request an Alice in Wonderland makeover, complete with giant cement mushroom and a tea cup hot tub. Each makeover is worth $100,000 in labour and materials, providing the lucky homeowners with their ultimate fantasy in the show where no dream is too over-the-top or wacky for the Backyard Nation makeover team.

Our Lives: Dog Brothers explores underground fight clubs. There are no rules, no judges, no referees and no trophies in The Dog Brothers club. Twice a year, members from all over the world attend a tribal ritual they call ‘The Gathering of the Pack’, an intense day of head-to-head combat, using hardened rattan sticks as weapons. They wear no protective padding or clothing other than gloves and a thin fencing mask. Fully aware they could get seriously hurt, they are driven by the adrenalin rush of facing not only their opponent, but also their own fear.

Our Lives: Disappeared is a factual crime show that reveals the forgotten true stories of missing children and their families. Every forty seconds, a child goes missing in the US alone. Recounting the true tale of Jody Plauche and Jennifer Martilez, who went missing over 20 years ago, Disappeared profiles what happened to the victims, their families, and the dedicated police officers who worked on the cases. As the families share their compelling stories, the programme hunts for clues and memories that not only honour innocence lost, but remind children and parents.

Besides these shows from Original Productions the other shows that Granada International will showacse at Mipcom will include the drama My Boy Jack. In his first television role since Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe stars with Kim Cattrall Sex & the City in this family drama about duty, sacrifice and the horror of war. It is based on the true story of Jack Kipling (Radcliffe), son of acclaimed British author Rudyard Kipling, who was determined to become a soldier in the First World War.

Suffering from severe myopia, 17-year-old Jack was refused entry to the army until his famous father intervened, obtaining him a commission in the Irish Guards. But shortly after going into battle, he was listed as “missing believed wounded” and Kipling and his American wife Carrie (Cattrall) began a frantic search to find their son.

The Murdoch Mysteries is a new 13 episode drama series. It is set in Toronto, Canada in the 1890s. Yannick Bisson stars as William Murdoch, a young detective who solves a series of challenging murders using emerging and progressive forensic techniques. Scorned for his ideas by Chief Inspector Brackenreid, he forms an unlikely ally with beautiful coroner Dr Julia Ogden, who is also struggling against tradition and prejudice, and together they prove a formidable team.

More drama comes courtesy Ballet Shoes. Victoria Wood and Emma Watson Harry Potter star in this drama about family, fame and realising your dreams. Sisters Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil live a sheltered life with their guardian Sylvia Brown until they are accepted at the Children’s Academy of Dancing and Stage Training. Only then do they discover their special talents and start to realise their dreams.

Granada International will also showcase several formats at Mipcom. One of these is Born Winners. Ywo players go head-to-head for a large cash prize. In each round, the players have to guess the ages of their opponent’s team members, made up of friends, family and colleagues.

Hilarity ensues as the contestants – and the audience at home – try to guess their ages based on their looks and appearance. In the nail-biting final round, the contestants must accurately guess the age and birthday of their opponent. The first one to guess correctly wins the cash, and the loser goes home with nothing.

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