Amazon has commissioned The Collection, its first original UK drama series, from producers Lookout Point, who also co-produced BBC-TWC epic adaptation War And Peace. The 8 hour-long episode series was created by Pretty Little Liars and Ugly Betty exec producer Oliver Goldstick, in association with BBC Worldwide. The show tells the story of an illustrious Paris fashion house (think: Dior) just after World War II.
The show is exec produced by former HBO exec Anne Thomopoulos, who exec produced Rome and Borgia, and is co-produced by Federation Entertainment, which is producing Netflix’ first original French drama Marseilles.
“We’re delighted to be bringing such a smart, sophisticated period piece to Amazon Prime members in the UK,” said Chris Bird, film and TV strategy director, Amazon Video UK. “We aim to bring our customers the best international TV has to offer, and we’re sure our members will enjoy this window into the seemingly glamourous world of Parisian haute couture, perhaps hiding a more sinister undercurrent.”
Amazon has already signed a hefty check to bring Jeremy Clarkson’s new driving show to the online player along with his fellow former Top Gear presenters Richard Hammond and James May. The Collection would mark the e-retailer’s first move into original scripted UK content. Rival SVOD player Netflix has shown its commitment to British talent by commissioning its ambitious $100 million Peter Morgan-created decades-spanning drama series The Crown that explores the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s post-war Prime Ministers. The 10-episode first season will premiere on the streaming service in 2016.
Amazon is also looking to bring Tiger Aspect’s cancelled Ripper Street back to life by committing to two more seasons after the BBC decided not to move beyond season 2.