October 9, 2012

BBC Worldwide and Masterpiece Announce Co-Production Deal for The Paradise and The Lady Vanishes

New York, NY – BBC Worldwide America, Sales & Distribution, today announced a co-production deal with MASTERPIECE for the Victorian-era series, The Paradise, and 90-minute film, The Lady Vanishes, an adaptation of the classic 1930s Hitchcock thriller. These titles will air in the U.S. on MASTERPIECE on PBS.

The Paradise
Set amidst the Victorian splendor of Britain’s first department store, The Paradise is a rags-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the glamour of the modern world. As she finds her feet as a lowly shop girl, she must navigate her way through power struggles, intrigues and affairs to rise to great things.  The Paradise stars Joanna Vanderham (What Maisie KnewThe Runaway), Emun Elliott (PrometheusGame of Thrones), Elaine Cassidy (Harper’s IslandFingersmith), Sarah Lancashire (Upstairs DownstairsOliver Twist) and Patrick Malahide (Endeavour, Game of ThronesThe World is Not Enough).

The Lady Vanishes
In this BBC/Masterpiece adaptation of the classic 1930s Hitchcock thriller, a beautiful woman is travelling across Europe by train when she unwittingly becomes embroiled in a menacing plot.  She wakes one morning to discover that the woman sharing her carriage has vanished. As fellow passengers claim the lady never existed, she faces danger and intrigue as she fights to prove that she’s not going mad.  The Lady Vanishes stars Tuppence Middleton (SinbadSpies of Warsaw), Tom Hughes (Page Eight,SilkSex & Drugs & Rock & Roll), Gemma Jones (Harry PotterBridget Jones’s Diary), Stephanie Cole (Doc MartinMiss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), Jesper Christensen (Casino Royale) and Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs).

Matt Forde, EVP Sales and Co-Productions, BBC Worldwide America, said: “The Paradise and The Lady Vanishes offer unique and thrilling stories that are a terrific compliment to the popular programming line-up on MASTERPIECE on PBS. They are both superbly crafted with sky-high production values which are sure to enthrall and mesmerize audiences in the U.S.”

“These programs are the latest in along line of beautifully-made, award-winning co-productions. The BBC has been our trusted partner, and fellow public-broadcaster, for over 40 years,” says MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton.

The deal was brokered by Jemma Adkins, Senior VP Sales and Co-Productions, BBC Worldwide America.

The Paradise – Written and created by Bill Gallagher (Lark Rise to Candleford), producer is Simon Lewis (Five DaughtersMy Family & Other Animals). Executive Producer is Susan Hogg (The FadesLark Rise to CandlefordFive Daughters). The Paradise is a BBC/MASTERPIECE on PBS co-production.

The Lady Vanishes – Producer is Annie Tricklebank (Upstairs DownstairsLark Rise to Candleford), director is Diarmuid Lawrence (The Mystery of Edwin DroodThe Body Farm), writer is Fiona Seres (TangleThe Silence); executive producer Anne Pivcevic (The Mystery of Edwin DroodGreat Expectations). The Lady Vanishes is a BBC/MASTERPIECE on PBS co-production.