In a bit of unprecedented forays, BBC Worldwide and Spain’s Astresmedia have signed a deal to co-produce an English-language sci-fi drama that hopes to have global appeal.
The endeavor marks a first for both groups. BBC Worldwide, the commercial component of the British broadcaster, will undertake their first original co-production with a European broadcaster. Atresmedia, meanwhile, will be commissioning their first series for the Spanish channel, laSexta, aspiring at the same time to get syndication around the world due to it being an English-language series.
Titled ‘The Refugees,’ or, en español ‘Los Reugiados,’ the story conceived by Ramón Campos, Gema R. Neira, Cristóbal Garrido and Adolfo Valor. The drama is based around a time travel conceit, as it explores the effects on a small rural community when millions of people from the future seek solace and safety in the present day.
It’s a curious combination of British and Spanish minds. The joint-production, as conceived by Spanish creators, will be shot primarily in Spain, led by the Bambu Productions. It will, however, feature a considerably amount of British talent, including actors as well as writers.
No cast is of yet set, but filming is slated to begin this summer with an anticipated premiere date of fall 2015 on laSexta.
While this joint production is something new for the two groups, it’s not the first time Bambu Productions will be infused with British ideas. In 2011, following the immediate success of ‘Downton Abbey,’ the company commissioned a similar period drama in ‘Grand Hotel,’ a 1905-set series about an idyllic countryside retreat.