Mystery deepens for Parthenon

BBC kid's drama series, Roman Mysteries, to air in Germany following new deal.
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Following the launch of Roman Mysteries at Mipcom, Parthenon has already sold the children's BBC drama series to German public broadcaster ARD.

The deal see the German broadcaster acquire the first series with an option for the second, too.

ARD will broadcast Roman Mysteries on Saturday and Sunday mornings, while it will also air on the ARD/ZDF owned German children's channel KI.KA on Saturday afternoon.

"I'm extremely pleased Roman Mysteries has been picked up by such a key broadcaster in Europe's most lucrative and competitive TV market," said Peter Pas, commercial director of Parthenon. "The reaction to the series at both Mipcom Junior and Mipcom couldn't have been better and I'm confident we will be concluding many more deals imminently."

Budgeted at £10m for both series, Roman Mysteries is the BBC's largest ever children's drama commission. Each is shot entirely on location, the first in Tunisia and Malta and the second in Bulgaria and Malta. The cast includes a mix of new faces and those more familiar, such as Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shakespeare in Love).

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