BBC launches ‘My name is Leon’
BBC One announced the casting for its adaptation of Kit de Waal’s debut novel My name is Leon. Malachi Kirby (Small ax), Monica Dolan (A very English scandal), Olivia Williams (Counterpart), Christopher Eccleston (The word A), Poppy Lee Friar (In my skin) and Sir Lenny Henry CBE (The Lord of the Rings) title the dramatic special. Cole Martin will play the lead role Leon in his first televised role. Set in the 1980s in Birmingham, the drama tells the uplifting and incredibly moving story of nine-year-old Leon, a mixed-race boy, and his quest to reunite his family after being taken care of and separated from his blond baby and to blue eyes. brother. My name is Leon is produced by Douglas Road Productions in association with Tiger Aspect Productions, Ringside Studios and Vicarious Productions. It is produced by Lenny Henry and Angela Ferreira for Douglas Road Productions, Gub Neal and Edward Barlow for Ringside Studios, Mona Qureshi for the BBC. The director is Lynette Linton. Ingenious Media provided funding alongside Lipsync Productions and Creative England through the West Midlands Production Fund with funding from the ERDF.
BBC and ITV appoint Reemah Sakaan as CEO of BritBox International
Lockable CPL with red arrow
Red Arrow Studios has renewed its deal with UK producer CPL Productions – an important victory for the German production group after 2020 was marked by a period of uncertainty, with a sale abandoned and executive departures. The A league apart and Married at first sight The producer will remain in Red Arrow for an undisclosed period of time. The company is headed by Danielle Lux, Murray Boland and Janet Oakes.
ITV renews Alice’s research
ITV has ordered a second season of the Keeley Hawes series Find Alice. The first season averages 7 million viewers for the UK commercial channel with its dark and comical story about the life of a woman after the accidental death of her husband. Season 2 will follow Alice (Hawes) as she decides to have her late husband’s baby. Production will begin in February of next year. The show is produced by Red Production Company in association with Bright Pictures TV, Buddy Club Productions and Genial Productions. Roger Goldby, Keeley Hawes, Simon Nye, Nicola Shindler and Sarah Doole are executive producers, while StudioCanal takes care of the distribution.
ITV orders the ‘Tiger Kings of Great Britain’
ITV hopes it can capture some of the magic of Netflix King tiger by sending Ross Kemp on a mission to find the UK’s big cat keepers. British Tiger Kings – On the track with Ross Kemp (working title) is a two-part series produced by Honey Bee and Freshwater Films, with executive production by Ed Taylor and Kemp. Johnny McDevitt is the producer. In the series, Ross meets a man who keeps two lions in his back garden, as well as a couple who used the profits from their scrap business to build a 200-person animal collection.