In one of the many deals to emerge from MIPTV 2012, ARTE France has signed up to co-produce BBC Four’s upcoming mini-series Spies of Warsaw. The two part historical drama is based on the series of novels by Alan Furst and is being adapted by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
The two 90-minute film adaptations of Furst’s acclaimed novels will bring a combination of historically located, intelligent narratives, interlaced with flawed, romantic and utterly compelling characters. Production is slated to begin next month on location in Poland
ARTE France is the second international broadcaster to board the series as a co-producer. Just last month Polish broadcaster TVP also signed on to co-produce the two part serial alongside Fresh Pictures in association with BBC Worldwide.
Judith Louis, Director of Fiction at ARTE France said: “Our collaboration on this historical, entertaining and elegant espionage series further illustrates how ARTE France and BBC Worldwide share the same vision when it comes to drama.”
While Ben Donald, Executive Producer for International Drama at BBC Worldwide, said: “We have big ambitions for Spies of Warsaw and for making it the beginning of a run of adaptations of Alan Furst’s novels and it is fantastic to have ARTE on board at the start. With the story taking place in Poland, France and Germany the adaptation offers some really interesting casting opportunities.”