Monday, 12 April 2010


[19.42 - French Time] After the Tudors and the Borgias, here come the Medici. C21Media reports that Italy's most powerful political and banking dynasty of the Renaissance is the center of an Anglo-Italian eight-part series.

The Medici will be coproduced by pay-TV operator Sky Italia, BBC Scotland, Kudos Film and Television (owned by Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Group) and Italian company WildSide, which is co-developing the project. Co-written by Adrian Hodges (Primeval), The Medici is executive produced for Kudos by Jane Featherstone and Derek Wax.

The current economic climate favours international coproductions. Italian group Mediaset coproduces detective series Aurelio Zen, based on the novels by Michael Dibdin, with Left Bank Pictures (Wallander) and, again, BBC Scotland. Aurelio Zen will start shooting in Italy this spring.

It will not take long before the Beeb gives us a remake of I, Claudius.

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