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  Life On Mars Chinese Version

The BBC is seeking to “captivate Chinese audiences” with a Mandarin adaptation of hit series Life On Mars.

Following the same time-travelling premise as the Bafta-winning British original, which aired with stars John Simm and Philip Glenister, it will be set in 1990s Beijing.

The 90s were a time of massive economic expansion and change in China, which saw the return of Hong Kong from UK to Chinese control.

BBC Studios production Life On Mars has been acquired by Beijing company Phoenix Entertainment Group, which counts the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV among its partners.

David Weiland, executive vice president of BBC Studios Asia, said: “I am delighted that our first partnership with Phoenix Entertainment Group is Life On Mars which ranks as one of the best dramas to come out of the UK and is a great example of the breadth and wealth of our scripted formats catalogue.

“We have a huge range of high quality scripted titles from Doctor Foster and Luther to Thirteen and In The Club, shows that would captivate Chinese audiences.

“I look forward to viewers enjoying this local version of Life On Mars as they go back 30 years in time.”

Pre-production on the Chinese version will begin this year, with 24 episodes planned.

New Rick Stein Series

In Rick Stein’s Secret France, a new six-part series on BBC Two, Rick Stein sets off on a new culinary adventure to search for France’s best kept gastronomic secrets.

Travelling the length and breadth of the country in his car, Rick will leave the main routes and tourist hotspots behind to embark on a very personal road trip along picturesque and remote backroads.

He will travel the Normandy coastline and the Bay of Somme, to Provence, Champagne and Alsace, as well as lesser-known regions of Jura, Auvergne, Perigord and southern Roussillon. He will eat at both traditional and innovative restaurants, visit markets and delve into local history. While Rick is no stranger to France, he will encounter local chefs, farmers, artisans, vineyard owners and expats - all of whom reveal new insights into the country’s ever-changing culture and cuisine.

Rick Stein said: “My friends tell me that France is no longer the place for good food. They say the towns and villages that have been touched by tourism are now all the same. But I guess I’m a bit of a romantic and I’d like to prove them wrong.

"So I’m going to get off the beaten track and take to the backroads of France - meandering the length and breadth of a hopefully less-discovered France that still cherishes the best of its past, and is creating modern exciting dishes that are still unmistakably French. It’s a journey I know a lot of my viewers would like to take and I hope we won’t be disappointed.”

 

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