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30 Sep 2019

KEW MEDIA DISTRIBUTION’S SCRIPTED SLATE SET TO SHINE IN CANNES

Leading content company Kew Media Distribution, part of the Kew Media Group, will showcase a raft of diverse, new-to-market scripted programming at MIPCOM.
Headlining Kew Media Distribution’s slate of fiction programming is supernatural single drama The Small Hand: A Ghost Story (1 x 94’) from Susan Hill, the author of The Woman in Black.
Antique book dealer Adam Snow (Douglas Henshall, Shetland, Outlander) leads an empty life, infatuated with Alice (Louise Lombard, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), the wife of a wealthy client (Adrian Rawlins, Chernobyl), and barely present for his older brother, Hugo (Cal MacAnich, The Victim), who is suffering a mental breakdown. But when Adam stumbles upon a dilapidated mansion near his client, he feels the presence of the ghost of a small child. Adam soon receives increasingly sinister visits from the ghost, causing him to question his own sanity. He struggles to repair his fractured relationship with Hugo and excise the spirit from his life, but the ghost will not be ignored, ultimately revealing a haunting secret from his childhood. Also starring Neve McIntosh (Stan Lee’s Luck Man) and Paul Barber (Casualty, The Full Monty), Susan Hill’s The Small Hand: A Ghost Story is an Awesome / Two Rivers Media Production for Channel 5.
New drama mini-series, Cold Call (4 x 60’), is a Chalkboard Production for Channel 5. June Clarke (Sally LindsayScott & Bailey, Coronation Street) is trying to make ends meet as a carer, as well as caring for her ill mother. After losing her job and discovering her daughter Hana (Taj Atwal Line of Duty) is pregnant, June makes the rash decision to sell her home. Following a fraudulent cold call, all the money from the house sale is stolen. Desperately looking for answers, June finds her old schoolmate, Des Grigsby (Dan RyanThe Bay, Innocent), who runs a victims’ fraud support group. With Des' help, June is led to the head of a fraud empire – successful and respected businessman Kirk Wiley (Paul HigginsLine of Duty, Utopia). When Kirk needs a carer for his elderly mother, June finds herself in the Wiley home and uncovers a dysfunctional family hiding dark secrets. When June’s mother commits suicide, June is pushed to the limit. But June will have to risk everything to get to the heart of Kirk's murky world and get her money back. Cold Call is directed by Gareth Tunley (The Ghoul) and produced by Rebecca Davies and Steven Ross. Executive producers are Mike Benson for Chalkboard and Sebastian Cardwell (Bad Girls) for Channel 5.
A dazzling, modern adaptation of the hugely popular classic Worzel Gummidge, inspired by the renowned novels from author Barbara Euphan Todd, will also be available from Kew Media Distribution at MIPCOM. A treasured tale of a witty, mischievous scarecrow who mysteriously comes to life, now reimagined for a modern audience, with CGI technology bringing the characters back to the screens, Worzel Gummidge (2 x 60’) is a comedic, magical fantasy for all ages.
Written by and starring the multi BAFTA award-winning Mackenzie Crook (Detectorists, Game of Thrones, The Office), Mr Gummidge returns for two new adventures, The Scarecrow of Scatterbrook and The Green Man. The series is a timely and revealing examination through humour of how everybody needs a place to call home… including scarecrows.
Executive Produced by Kristian Smith (Detectorists, Catherine Tate’s Nan, Blandings), and written, directed and executive produced by Mackenzie Crook, Worzel Gummidge will feature a range of yet to be announced, highly acclaimed, multi award-winning actors. Executive Producer for Lola is Lisa Thomas, and Executive Producers for Pidgeon Entertainment are Patrick D. Pidgeon and Eric S. Rollman. A Leopard Pictures Production in association with Treasure Trove, Lola Entertainment and Pidgeon Entertainment Inc, Worzel Gummidge is commissioned by BBC One.
The third season of award-winning Frankie Drake Mysteries (10 x 60’) follows 1920s Toronto’s only female private detectives, Frankie Drake (Lauren Lee Smith, The Shape of Water) and her partner Trudy Clarke (Chantel Riley, Wynonna Earp) as they fight crime with the help of keen police morality officer Mary Shaw (Rebecca Liddiard, Alias Grace) and spirited morgue attendant Flo Chakowitz (Sharron Matthews, Mean Girls). In a time of change and hopefulness, their gender is their biggest advantage as they defy expectations and rebel against convention. Frankie and Trudy’s fearless sense of adventure gets them into all kinds of trouble, but they always manage to find a way out. They are new detectives for a new world – but is the world ready for them? A CBC original series, Frankie Drake Mysteries is developed and produced by Shaftesbury in association with CBC and UKTV. 31 x 60’ now available over three seasons.
Coming soon is the 6th season of multi award-winning drama series Line of Duty (6 x 60’), from the creators of global hit Bodyguard, Jed Mercurio and World Productions. Set in the fictional police anti-corruption unit AC-12, Line of Duty is a cat-and-mouse thriller that takes a probing look into modern policing and corruption. The series features an all-star cast line up including Adrian Dunbar (Broken), Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen) and Vicky McClure (Broadchurch), and is one of the biggest drama series since modern TV ratings began.
Following the global success of Agatha and the Truth of Murder, which has already sold to more than 139 territories, Kew Media Distribution is bringing to MIPCOM two new Agatha films from the writer Tom Dalton (The Pharmacist), commissioned by Channel 5 and produced by Endemol Shine’s prodco label DSP.
Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar (w/t), directed by Sam Yates, sees author Agatha Christie travel to the deserts of Iraq in the late 1920’s for an archaeological dig where she unravels a series of mysterious murders; while Agatha and the Death of X (w/t) is set in the Blitz in 1940’s London, as the author decides she must kill off her most famous creation, and in doing so, becomes a target herself… The films have been created by husband and wife team Tom and Emily Dalton.
Clink is the first drama from Kew Media’s partnership deal with the UK’s Channel 5, from multi award-winning production company LA Productions, for Channel 5’s 5Star. The 10 x 60’ drama (5 x 120’ also available) is set in the fictional BPS Bridewell women’s prison where the inmates are many things – drug users, robbers, killers – but most of them are survivors. Many of the inmates here come from dark, hopeless places, but the friendships these women form can ignite real flames of hope which warm the heart. These are their stories.


For further information contact:
Wendy Halls (on behalf of Kew Media)
The Lippin Company
Email: whalls@lippingroup.com
Tel: +44 (0) 7933 542515


About Kew Media Distribution
Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, distributes a diverse catalogue of film, television and digital assets to broadcasters and viewing platforms across the world. Kew Media Distribution manages international rights to a library of over 11,000 hours of TV and digital content, including major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.kewmedia.com.