BBC Four acquires Flemish TV-series Salamander

BBC Four has acquired the rights to Flemish TV-series Salamander for its Saturday Night programme, traditionally the slot welcoming prestigious foreign productions such as The Killing and Borgen. The twelve-part political thriller, sold internationally by Beta Films, is also set for a North American remake.

SalamanderBBC’s Head of Programme Acquisition describes Salamander as a perfect match. ‘Salamander is a gripping, edge-of-the-seat thriller. It will make a fantastic addition to our Saturday Nights on BBC Four.’

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Published on Saturday 18 May 2013

Flemish TV series well represented at FIPA

The Flemish fiction TV series Clan and Salamander are selected for the prestigious International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA 22 – 27 January) in Biarritz, France. Parade’s End, a Flemish coproduction with BBC and HBO, and the interactive TV series The Spiral are also selected for competition.

Still of ClanBoth Clan and Parade’s End will screen in official competition at the fest. Both TV series are in the running for no less than six FIPA d’Or awards. In Clan, the four sisters Goethals plot the murder of their brother-in-law, Jean-Claude. He is the husband of their fifth sister and a pain in the ass just asking to be liquidated. But while planning a murder is easy, committing it is another story...

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Published on Tuesday 22 January 2013

Nearly 2.3 million viewers for Flemish TV fiction

The premiere episodes of new Flemish TV series Clan, Deadline 14/10 and The Spiral together gathered an impressive total of 2.3 million viewers in Flanders. Never before have local broadcasters committed this strongly to original indigenous quality fiction. The increase in domestic TV production is a result of the new Media fund which also supported upcoming TV series such as Quiz Me Quick, Salamander and HBO/BBC’s Parade’s End.

The SpiralSunday evening 9 September saw a historic first for television in Flanders. No fewer than three original quality fiction series were counter-programmed by leading channels één and vtm: Clan, Deadline 14/10 and The Spiral. Preliminary results indicate that the three TV series attracted a total of 2,274,000 viewers. Combined with delayed viewing and a number of repeat airings, the final total number is estimated to pass 3 million viewers or half of the population of the Flanders region.

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Published on Tuesday 11 September 2012

VAF supports new television series

Three new projects for TV series received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) in its December round. The three series are SalamanderClan and Zuidflank. The first two are entering their production stage, the latter received scriptwriting support.

Salamander is a new project for a twelve-part drama series by Frank Van Mechelen, the director of feature films such as The IntruderHell in Tangier and Germaine. It’s a political thriller about dark secrets, danger and intrigues. Production company is Skyline Entertainment which is also responsible for such TV series as Aspe and De Rodenburgs.

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Published on Saturday 29 January 2011

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