BBCA Sets Four Co-Productions


New York— Continuing to ramp up its development under general manager Kathryn Mitchell, BBC America is working on four co-productions that will air this year or early in 2007.

Bowing in June, the eight-episode Waterloo Road comes from the makers of popular series Footballers Wive$ and tells the tale of inner city high school teachers, students and their parents.

Low Winter Sun, slated for late this year or early in 2007, unspools a modern tale of murder and corruption over two 90-minute installments where the definitions of good and bad, cop and criminal, are not easy to decipher.

Coming next year: A fresh take on the Robin Hood legend that will play out on the BBC and in the U.S. over 13 hours, from Tiger Aspect; and Jekyll, described as “somewhere between a modern horror story and The Odd Couple,” as Jekyll and Hyde share the same body with the latter unaware that the former is now married.

“Being a coproducer gives us a fantastic opportunity to be more creatively involved and ensure that these British-produced dramas have appeal to U.S. viewers,” said Mitchell in a statement. “These four shows add to a really strong slate of BBC America co-productions for 2006 — more than triple the number of titles we co-produced last year.”