British TV viewers will be tuning into the CW’s new hourlong comedy stateside Jane The Virgin in 2015 on E4. CBS Studios International and UK broadcaster Channel 4 today announced at Mipcom in Cannes a licensing agreement for exclusive first window, free-to-air broadcast of the show which stars Gina Rodriguez as a devout girl who discovers she is accidentally artificially inseminated. The series premieres tonight on the CW.
A number of Star Trek docs that William Shatner produced, directed and hosted are up for sale on the Croisette. Former Epix programming exec Doug Lee is handling global distribution, having commissioned most of these docs while he was at the pay cabler. On top of the slate: William Shatner Presents: Chaos On The Bridge, which brings to light the tumultuous beginnings of Star Trek: The Next Generation on its way to becoming a successful franchise. There’s also The Captains which gives fans an in-depth look at what being a Star Fleet Captain meant to Shatner, and the impact the role had on the other actors who played the lead role in subsequent versions of the franchise. There’s also Get A Life!, Shatner’s look at Trekkies, and Still Kicking, featuring Shatner interviewing Chris Plummer.
Matt Charman’s (Suite Francaise, Out Zoo) new three-part thriller Black Work has begun filming with castmembers Sheridan Smith (Mrs. Biggs), Matthew McNulty, Douglas Henshall, Geraldine James and Phil Davis. The series is produced by Endeavour’s Mammoth Screen for ITV. In Black Work, Sheridan portrays police woman Jo Gillespie whose world is thrown into turmoil when husband Ryan (Kenny Doughty), an undercover policeman, is shot dead in mysterious circumstances. She sets out to find his murderer, while confronting the difficult truths about her family life and her marriage. Michael Samuels (BAFTA-winning Any Human Heart and The Fear) directs. Producers are Tom Mullens (New Tricks) with Rebecca Keane and Damien Timmer executive producing for Mammoth Screen.
Shine International and Hunan TV have signed a co-operation deal in association with Twofour, to develop a Chinese adaptation of The School scheduled to air in 2015. The School is a subtle, moving portrayal of everyday life in a modern day school and has been a hit in the UK with its edition Educating Yorkshire drawing 4.8 million viewers. Shine International’s shows currently airing in China include Big Town Dance (Yunnan TV), Celebrity Masterchef (JiangSu TV) in association with 3C Media and The Biggest Loser S2 (broadcaster TBC) in partnership with Screen Media.