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Hot Picks: British drama

McMafia

After adapting novels such as The Wings Of The Dove and Drive for film, screenwriter Hossein Amini’s first television adaptation is BBC1 gangster drama McMafia, based on Misha Glenny’s non-fiction book about the globalisation of organised crime.

Tin Star

Tin Star

Fortitude – the first big-budget drama distributed internationally by Sky Vision – was a global hit, selling to linear broadcasters and SVoD services around the world. The Sky-owned distribution division is now hoping that its next trip to an ice-capped climate can be just as successful.

Clique

Clique

The social pressures of early university years – not to mention the hormones – have served as fertile ground for comedies such as Fresh Meat, which enjoyed four series on Channel 4.

Harlots

Harlots Video

Monumental Pictures co-founder Alison Owen is fond of saying that feminist period drama Harlots is authentically told from the “whore’s eye view”.

Guerilla

Guerrilla, a relationship drama set against the social and political activism of the 1970s, launches in mid-April on Sky Atlantic in the UK and Showtime in the US.

Hot Picks: Factual

Frontier Borneo

Frontier Borneo

Documentary distributor TVF International is hoping that the global success of Planet Earth II will boost opportunities for its own blue-chip natural history series Frontier Borneo.

Diana: The Day the World Cried

Diana: The Day the World Cried

From The Day Kennedy Died to The Day John Lennon Died, Finestripe Productions has a track record in dissecting historical events that shook the world. Now it has turned its attention to the sudden death of ‘the people’s princess’, Diana.

Spies

Do you have what it takes to be a spy? That’s the question posed by Minnow Films, and the seed from which its secret service recruitment format grew.

LA92

LA92

The 1992 Los Angeles riots have gone down in history as the first to be fully captured on camera.

Trumped - Inside The Greatest Political Upset Of Our Time Video

The election of Donald Trump as US president will keep documentary producers and current affairs teams busy for the next four years.

Jackie A Tale of Two Sisters

Jackie - A Tale Of Two Sisters

Continuing 3DD’s Tale Of Two Sisters series – which has already looked at Anne Frank and Amelia Earhart and their lesser-known siblings – this one-off documentary attempts to get to the heart of arguably one of the most famous women of the 20th century: Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

Blue Planet II

Blue Planet II

David Attenborough is heading back under the sea with Blue Planet II, the next juggernaut to emerge from the BBC’s Natural History Unit.

Empire Builders

Empire Builders

PBS will look at 10 of the world’s greatest empires with Pilot Film and Television’s Empire Builders.

Mythbusters

Mythbusters

Mythbusters was one of Discovery Channel’s longest-running hits, conducting 2,950 experiments with 910 explosions and using 83 miles of duct tape over 282 episodes, across 15 series.

Guiltology

Guiltology

Science meets true crime in six-part factual series Guiltology, produced by Jane Root’s transatlantic indie Nutopia.

Hot Picks: Foreign drama

Baroness von Sketch Show

Baroness von Sketch Show

US sketch comedy is making a comeback, with Saturday Night Live bolstered by the absurdities of Donald Trump’s presidency and the success of Inside Amy Schumer.

Kim Kong

Kim Kong

Kwai Productions’ three-part comedic drama finds a bored French film director, mired in meaningless action movies, kidnapped by a cinema-obsessed Asian dictator and forced to remake the classic film King Kong.

Loaded

Loaded

What do you get when four young guys sell their internet start-up for £16m each? An international format loaded with potential.

Ride Upon The Storm

Ride Upon The Storm

After charting the rise of a female prime minister in his 2011 international hit Borgen, screenwriter Adam Price reckons it is “not a bad thing” to make things harder on himself. “After politics, what could possibly be more difficult to write about?”

Mr Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes

Novelist Stephen King’s first foray into the mystery genre is a cat-and-mouse thriller that promises a memorable, if not controversial, opening.

Feud

Screenwriter Ryan Murphy is one of the busiest men in US television, with recent series including American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson, American Horror Story and Scream Queens.

The Forest

The Forest

The Forest is a brooding French noir about a small community dealing with a spate of disappearances.

Disturbia

A Black Mirror-esque horror miniseries is heading to Cannes after Bedlam Productions, the indie behind Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech, struck a deal with Canadian distributor 108 Media.

Hot Picks: Kids

The Zoo

The Zoo

Mockumentaries have found fertile ground in the corporate world, producing gems such as The Office and Twenty Twelve.

School of Roars

School of Roars

This animated series from Dot to Dot uses laughter to dispel any fears pre-school children may have about their first day at school.

Kid e-Cats

Kid E-Cats

Kid-E-Cats boasts an executive team with a strong kids’ programming pedigree.

Hunter Street

Hunter Street

When the parents of five foster children mysteriously disappear, the kids decide to investigate – and are dragged into an adventure in which the secrets of the Ludwig family are gradually revealed.

Happy Art Happy Life

Happy Art Happy Life

Inspired by the works of renowned artist Romero Britto, Happy Art Happy Life (w/t) seeks to spark enthusiasm among pre-school children for art and creativity in all aspects of their lives.

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