Published on February 13th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds
BBC Worldwide Showcase Heads to Liverpool
Representatives from TV channels across the world will be descending upon Liverpool on Sunday 28th February as part of the BBC Worldwide Showcase, the world’s largest international television market hosted by a single distributor – with a special event planned to mark Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary.
Just what shape and form that celebration will take remains to be seen but speculating wildly the Liverpool Confidential are hoping that a fellow Liverpudlian, Tom Baker might put in an appearance along with his fellow Doctors.
As well as the Doctor Who themed night the event – taking place at Liverpool’s Convention Centre – will also spotlight the BBC Natural History Unit’s highly acclaimed series Africa, which the distributor has already sold to 12 countries including Singapore, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Ukraine.
Steve Macallister, President & Managing Director, Sales & Distribution, BBC Worldwide, said:
In another record-breaking year, we welcome our largest number of buyers to Liverpool – up by 10pc on last year – and we have two brilliant programme-themed evenings planned.
Africa is certain to capture the imagination of our delegates as it has the British public over the past few weeks. What a perfect opportunity to also celebrate the world’s longest running sci fi series with Doctor Who in its 50th year, at this biggest ever Showcase. We have a great slate of new titles across every genre and are delighted to be hosting some superb on screen talent over the four days of the event.
It certainly will be a starry four days with appearances by Hollywood actor Gabriel Byrne, who plays the lead role in the touted BBC One drama Quirke, Elaine Cassidy and Emun Elliott from The Paradise, Mark Williams from Father Brown, Maria Doyle Kennedy who will be appearing in the new BBC America drama, Orphan Black, and Torchwood’s Eve Myles, the lead in BBC’s forthcoming series Frankie.