Banijay Rights, the global distribution arm of Banijay, announced UK public broadcaster the BBC has pre-bought the second series of landmark historical drama “Marie Antoinette.” The Canal+ Creation Originale, produced by Capa Drama, Banijay Studios France and Beside Productions, will once again air on BBC Two and iPlayer. The deal follows Canal+’s second series order of the Banijay and Newen drama in March, with filming now underway.
Created by Deborah Davis, the new 8x60’ series of “Marie Antoinette” continues the story of the incredibly modern and avant-garde young queen, played by Emilia Schüle, with Louis Cunningham as the king of France, Louis XVI. At the height of their power, while Marie Antoinette and Louis face an unprecedented financial crisis, the incessant attacks of Provence and Chartres against the royal couple stir up the hatred of the nobles while disastrous consequences are looming with infamous Affair of the Diamond Necklace incident.
“Marie Antoinette’s” first series has been sold to broadcasters in more than 147 territories, including PBS Distribution in the United States, BBC First in Australia, and BBC Two and iPlayer in the UK, as well as a raft of broadcasters across Europe and Latin America.
“Extraordinary performances, enigmatic writing and high-quality production values are just some of the reasons ‘Marie Antoinette’ has proved popular with buyers worldwide. With another series now being filmed, we are delighted the BBC is on board again to take this fascinating portrayal of France’s most iconic queen to UK viewers,” said Chris Stewart, SVP Sales, UK & Eire at Banijay Rights.
Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisitions at BBC, added: “Following the great success of series one, we are delighted to return to Versailles for the next entertaining chapter in the eventful life of the charismatic and captivating ‘Marie Antoinette.’”