London, Wednesday 1st September 2021 - Passion Distribution has licensed over 120 hours of crime and factual programming in Australia and New Zealand.
In Australia, Nine has acquired a package of crime and factual programmes including the Untold collection of crime documentary series exploring some of the most notorious crime cases of recent years. Produced by ITN Productions for Channel 5, the documentaries are cinematic in scope, featuring first person narratives from those involved in cases and are the definitive films of crimes that continue to shock and fascinate. Documentaries include: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SHANNON MATTHEWS (3 x 60’), THE WESTS (3 x 60’), THE MURDER OF JAMES BULGER (3 x 60’) and THE RAILWAY KILLERS (AKA THE RAILYWAY MURDERS 3 x 60’). THE RAILWAY KILLERS recently aired on Channel 5 with episodes 2 and 3 the channel’s top performing show of the day.
Crime documentary series MURDER IN A SMALL TOWN (2 x 60’) produced by Firecracker Films for Channel 5 is also included in the deal. The series follows two former detectives as they re-open the case files of Jodi Jones who was brutally murdered in a quiet Scottish town by her 14-year-old boyfriend Luke Mitchell, who has always denied the murder. Factual titles include SURVIVING THE STONE AGE (3 x 60’ produced by Renegade Pictures and Motion Content Group for Channel 4 ), FARE DODGERS (4 x 60’ produced by Middle Child Productions for Channel 5), TWICE THE LIFE FOR HALF THE PRICE S2 (12 x 60’ produced by Raise the Roof Productions and Motion Content Group for Channel 5) and ESCAPE TO THE FARM WITH KATE HUMBLE S1 & S2 (13 x 60’ produced by Raise The Roof and Motion Content Group for Channel 5).
SBS has licensed WALKING HADRIAN’S WALL WITH ROBSON GREEN (3 x 60’) produced by Firecracker Films for Channel 5. In this documentary series, Robson Green travels the length of one of the largest and most impressive remnants of the Roman Empire, Hadrian’s Wall an ancient fortification that marked the northerly frontier of the Roman world. Other documentary series include RUSSIA: 1000 YEARS OF HISTORY (1 x 120’ or 2 x 60’ produced by Lambent Productions for Channel 5) and SCOTLAND: 1000 YEARS OF HISTORY (1 x 120’ or 2 x 60’ produced by Raise The Roof for Channel 5), MUMS MAKE PORN (3 x 60’ produced by Firecracker Films for Channel 4), STACEY DOOLEY SLEEPS OVER S2 (6 x 60’ produced by Firecracker Films for W), UNREPORTED WORLD S39 (4 x 30’ produced by Quicksilver Media for Channel 4) and BIG BEN: SAVING THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS CLOCK Episode3 (1 x 60’ produced by ITN Productions for Channel 4).
In New Zealand, TVNZ has acquired documentary series HERE COME THE GYPSIES (6 x 60’ produced by Firecracker Films for Channel 5) which reveals the hidden world behind the incredible community and witnesses first hand how they have to fight for survival. Top TV has licensed WALKING HADRIAN’S WALL WITH ROBSON GREEN (3 x 60’) and QE2: THE WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS HOTEL (3 x 60’ produced by Motion Content Group and Spun Gold for Channel 5). Sky has picked up ALL NEW TRAFFIC COPS S8b and S9a (9 x 60’ and 20 x 60’ produced by Mentorn Media for Channel 5) and Bravo has acquired STACEY DOOLEY SLEEPS OVER S1 & S2 (12 x 60’).