ITV Studios unveils set of pre-sales for its Fall Festival Drama slate

The slate gathered by the company for the event includes scripted world-class English and non-English language titles, including the new drama, "Litvinenko".


ITV Studios has confirmed various pre-sales ahead of this year’s Fall Festival Drama day, scheduled for 6th October. The slate gathered by the company for the event includes scripted world-class English and non-English language titles. Among the new shows set to launch next week is the new drama, "Litvinenko" The four-part drama, commissioned by ITV and NENT Group,  is written by George Kay and produced by Patrick Spence, ITV Studios and Tiger Aspect Productions. The show tells the story of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian Federal Security Services and KGB officer whose death, from polonium poisoning in November 2006, challenging the Metropolitan police.

The company also revealed some of the pre-sales it achieved earlier this year, such as the six-part spy thriller, "The Ipcress File". The Altitude Films title was sold in Australia to the Seven Network, in Hong Kong to Now TV, in India, Indonesia and Malaysia to Lionsgate Play and to Japan’s Tohokushinsha. Silverprint Pictures’ four-part “The Long Call” will also join the slate alongside World Production’s “Showtrial” for BBC1. The title has now been acquired by various global territories, including SBS in Australia, while AXN Mystery in Japan have licensed “The Long Call,” and TVNZ in New Zealand, SVT, DR, YLE, NRK, NPO, VRT in the Nordics and Benelux regions have boarded both. 

Other projects scheduled to be presented at the festival include of Louise Candlish’s best selling-novel adaptation, “Our House.” The four-part series produced by Red Planet Pictures, showcases the story of Fi Lawson (Middleton), who seeks the truth after he arrives home one day to find a family of strangers moving into her house and her husband, Bram (Compston), has disappeared.

“Holding,” produced by Happy Prince for ITV and Port Pictures in association with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and co-produced by Virgin Media Television, is bursting with talent both on screen and behind the camera. The four hour-long series is an adaptation of a novel by TV stalwart Graham Norton and and will be written by Treadwell-Collins and Karen Cogan and will be directed by Kathy Burke. Hill plays local police officer, Sergeant PJ Collins, a gentle mountain of a man, who hides from people and fills his days with comfort food and half-hearted police work. But when the body of long-lost local legend Tommy Burke is discovered, PJ is called to solve a serious crime for the first time in his career. Various other new shows will be introduced by the company during the event next week.