My Family is heading to Russia.
The hit BBC series is set to adapted for the Russian market after international distributor DLT Raydar inked a format deal for the comedy with CTC. The Russian television network has commissioned a pilot for the local adaptation of My Family, which will be produced by Art Pictures Vision with DLT Entertainment – who produced the original – serving as consultants on the Russian version.
My Family ran for 11 seasons on BBC One and followed Ben Harper, a moderately successful family man and dentist. He is also undergoing a mid-life crisis whilst trying to cope with the bizarre and bewildering reality of raising his three, very different, teenage children. The comedy was one of the first UK series to utilise a writers room and starred, amongst others, Robert Lindsay and Zoë Wanamaker.
DLT’s deal with CTC for a Russian version of My Family marks the first format deal for DLT in the region and the first such deal for the My Family format, which the distributor was shopping to international buyers for the first time at MIPTV. Sales of the completed original series are also handled by DLT Raydar, in partnership with BBC Worldwide.
“Russia is a fertile market for scripted format adaptations and I am delighted that DLT Raydar has concluded its first format deal in the territory”, said Don Taffner Jr, Chairman of DLT Entertainment and DLT Raydar. “My Family lends itself perfectly to local adaptation with TV audiences all over the world having experienced the highs, lows, quirky characters and amusing incidents within the family dynamic. We can’t wait to get started on the Russian version with CTC and Art Pictures Vision and seeing Ben’s Russian incarnation!”