Netflix is teaming up with the BBC for two new series.
The streaming giant is increasingly looking to co-produce programmes with broadcasters around the world, and the UK is a major part of that push. Channel 4 and E4 have become regular collaborators, with series such as Crazyhead and Kiss Me First both beginning shooting in the last year. ITV, too, has co-produced Paranoid and Marcella with the online company.
Now, as Season 2 of The Last Kingdom, a co-production with Netflix, prepares to arrive on the BBC this March, the streaming giant is buddying up with the Beeb again for two new projects.
The first is Troy: Fall of City. Written by The Night Manager’s David Farr, the show will centre around the events of the Trojan War and the love affair between Paris and Helen. The series is produced by BBC One and Wild Mercury in association with Kudos, and will be directed by Owen Harris, who recently helmed San Junipero, an episode of Netflix’s latest season of Black Mirror.
Black Mirror’s Barney Reisz will also produce, with Derek Wax (Humans, The Hour) on exec producing duties.
Troy is due to start filming on location in South Africa in March and will premiere in the UK on BBC One and globally outside of the UK on Netflix.
The second is Black Earth Rising, a labyrinthine thriller about the prosecution of international war crimes and the personal, legal and political turmoil it ignites. Written and directed by Hugo Blick (Honourable Woman) and produced by Greg Brenman’s Drama Republic (Honourable Woman, Doctor Foster), Netflix will be the international home to the show, which will premiere on BBC Two in the UK.
Other co-productions by Netflix and European broadcasters currently include Watership Down (BBC), La catedral del mar (Antena 3), Rita (TV2 Denmark) and El ministerio del tiempo (RTVE), as well as licensed series, including The Break (RTBF), Nobel (NRK), Cannabis (Arte), Bordertown (YLE), No Second Chance (TF1), Call My Agent! (France 2), Case (RUV), Beau Sejour (VRT) and The Same Sky (ZDF).
But Netflix is increasingly betting on British talent, announcing recently that it had renewed Lovesick for a third season, as well as commissioning a new original show from Jack Whitehall called Travels with My Father, which see the comedian and his dad jaunt around Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia). That series begins shooting this month.