Hot Properties Playlist for November 2021
As the nights get longer, C21’s Hot Properties Playlist for November has loads of diverse content for everyone to enjoy this winter.
The crime drama juggernaut moves forward with no sign of stopping, though this month’s list has a few variations on the theme.
The first is a six-part prison drama Screw, created by Bafta-nominated writer Rob Williams (The Victim, Killing Eve) and produced by STV Studios for Channel 4 in the UK. As the name suggests, the drama centers on prison officers facing danger posed by a fiery new recruit who could threaten their lives. Global distributor Banijay Rights manages sales.
The German company Bavaria Media International offers another original detective series, produced by the local production company Polyphon Pictures for SWR. The six-part film You Shall Not Lie, meanwhile, is being offered by Beta Film in Germany. The series, which features international distribution, tells the story of a teacher in a seaside town who is ostracized after sleeping with a student. The six-part film is produced by Filmax Barcelona for Movistar +.
Another Spanish crime series, Dry Water, is premiering its second season in C21’s Hot Properties playlist this month. With DCD Rights handling worldwide sales, the six-part Galician thriller – co-produced by Portocabo and SP-I for TVG and RTP – is about a woman whose brother dies under mysterious circumstances and who then discovers her death was caused by his own wealthy godfather. , which has links to arms trafficking.
From Spain to Serbia, Civil Servant (24 Ã 50 ‘) is a crime series focused on international espionage. A young agent is embroiled in a conspiracy that sees Serbia become the playground for major world players to have a disagreement on foreign soil, and must save all he loves. The series is produced by Serbian state television channel Telekom Srbija with local producer Film Danas and is available from GoQuest Media in India.
UK commercial channel ITV is also making waves in crime drama, with The Long Call. Based on the book of the same name by Ann Cleeves, the four-part series follows a detective who returns to his hometown of Devon to investigate a murder. Silverprint Pictures produces and ITV Studios handles sales.
Elsewhere in the crime-related drama space, the German series Berlin Legal (8 Ã 45 ‘) covers the work of Germany’s most successful media lawyer, based on a real person. The series was produced by UFA Fiction and aired on German channel ARD, with Studio Hamburg Enterprises handling global sales.
The Secrets She Keeps (6 Ã 43 ‘) is an Australian thriller about two women who each have a secret about each other that could ruin their lives. Adapted from Michael Robotham’s book by Lingo Pictures and Network Ten Down Under, the show was invested by Screen NSW in Australia and is distributed via DCD Rights.
In the wake of Halloween, the horror anthology series V / H / S / 94 follows a SWAT team who stumble upon a collection of cult-made videotapes and watch them. Distributed by US-based AMC Studios, the film was screened via streamer Shudder and is the fourth installment in the V / H / S franchise which debuted in 2012.
Two sports dramas are also on the list, the first being the Derby Girl skating series. The French show, which had two seasons, is a comedy about a fallen figure skating star who decides to become a roller derby champion. The series is sold by the Italian Asacha Media Group.
Finally, the scripted football drama The Window (10 Ã 60 ‘) explores the complex and dark machinations of the football world. It is produced by German Boogie Entertainment and ZDF Enterprises, in co-production with Japanese Fuji Television Network and Belgian streamers Velvet and Streamz.
The family comedy Uncoupling (9 Ã 26 ‘) takes a positive attitude towards parental separation. In the French series, two parents who no longer love each other decide to live in two separate apartments linked by their children’s bedroom. StudioCanal in France distributes the Canal + program.
In formats, the British channel Channel 4 is diversifying with Handmade: Good With Wood, a competition which takes place in an outdoor workshop. Nine artisans compete for the crown through a variety of woodworking challenges. The series, presented by comedian Mel Giedroyc, is produced by British company Plimsoll Productions and sold by its distribution company Magnify Media.
The Finnish format The Ultimate Escape, by Rabbit Films, is an eight-part film in which a contestant has 24 hours to find a celebrity locked in a room in a mysterious and secure location. Produced for Discovery in Finland, the show premiered in October.
The popularity of talent shows involving masked celebrities continues, with global distributor Red Arrow Studios International distributing Who Is The Phantom ?, a celebrity guessing show in which contestants decipher clues and puzzles to find out who is behind the mask. The show is produced by German television Constantin and broadcast on ProSieben.
Play Innocent, meanwhile, is a game show based on the Mafia / Werewolf board game from Japanese channel Yomiuri Telecasting. Four participants play a quiz while one of their own tries to sabotage their answers and ruin their chances of winning.
In children’s programming, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation sells Thalu, a live-action fantasy series with an indigenous cast that tries to save their country from an almighty dust wind and the enemies lurking there.
Youth specialist Cake produces and distributes the animated series Tish Tash (52 Ã 5 ‘), aimed at preschoolers. The series follows bear cub Tish, his family, and imaginary friend Tash as they go on an adventure. It comes from South Korean host Studio Gale, Singapore-based August Media Holdings, Filipino media group Synergy88 Entertainment and UK-based Karrot Entertainment.
Imaginary friends are on the menu for November, it seems. For aficionados of children’s content, the imaginary beast The Gruffalo doesn’t need to be introduced. Based on Julia Donaldson’s bestselling book series and on sale from Magic Light Pictures in the UK, the animated film premiered on the BBC in the UK 12 years ago and continues to captivate children’s imagination.
Japan is the topic of this month’s first factual Hot Properties playlist, from Mainichi Broadcasting System. Migaku-hito focuses on the Japanese art of cleansing, which claims that cleansing also purifies the soul and cleanses the mind. The show travels across Japan to meet some of the best artisans and learn the secrets of their work.
With Migaku-hito the only factual travel-based deal this month, it doesn’t take a genius to guess where much of November’s unscripted content is going. Real crime, like its scripted cousin, is on the rise and Cops On The Rock, by Blue Ant International in Canada, is a documentary that follows Gibraltar’s police officers in their day-to-day duties. As a hub for international smuggling, the port rarely gets bored.
Elsewhere in Factual Crime, Released To Kill, from Passion Distribution of London, examines the crimes committed by ex-convicts and how they could have been prevented. The show was produced by Emporium Productions for CBS Reality.
If You Kill, Call Me, meanwhile, delves into the world of narco-lawyers who have defended some of the world’s most notorious criminals. Covering Mexico, Colombia and the United States, the show features interviews with El Chapo’s lawyer, La Reina Del Pacifico, and is distributed by French distributor Terranoa.
One trend that has continued over the past month is the popularity of story shows, with Vikings: The Rise & Fall (6 Ã 60 ‘) on the playlist. Sold by Abacus Media Rights, owned by Amcomri, the show looks back on more than 300 years of Scandinavian history. Black West, from global distributor Drive, is a documentary showing the truth behind America’s westward expansion and the dark secrets that have been swept under the rug so far.
The historic offering enters the 20th century, with Voices of Liberation (11 Ã 52 ‘) from Dutch distributor DFW. The series is a co-production between Netflix and Belgian streamer Streamz and traces the Allied liberation of Europe at the end of World War II.
The feature film No Roses on a Sailor’s Grave also deals with the subject of World War II, albeit from a modern perspective. The 2020 film, from Go Button Media of Canada and sold by CBC and Radio-Canada Distribution, sees Royal Navy veteran Patrick Thomas, the last survivor of his ship sinking in the English Channel, join an archaeologist to find vessel.
US producer and distributor New Dominion Pictures focuses on the Cold War to tell the story of Robert Hanssen, the FBI agent who spied on the US for the Soviet Union and Russia for 25 years until 2001 The documentary, titled A Spy In The FBI, chronicles his life and his spy activities through expert interviews.
Another documentary on the list takes a look at one of the most iconic female singers of all time: Joni Mitchell – specifically the 50th anniversary of her album Blue. Joni Mitchell: 50 Years of Blue originally aired on UK advertising channel BBC2 and is purchased by global distributor Entertainment One.
Finally in the story, Secrets of Playboy looks at the “dark belly” of the Hugh Hefner years at the Playboy company. The show presents the American adult entertainment organization from a modern angle and is slated for release next year, with the cast of A + E Global Content Sales.
Another eye-opening documentary is Milked, sold by Beyond Rights in London. The film exposes the so-called ‘laundering’ taking place in New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar dairy industry, and how the country has grown from a land without cows to being the world’s largest exporter of dairy products. world.
For lighter factual content, Sony Pictures Television Formats sells the BBC’s program Second Chance Salon. The format places cameras in a hair salon, where people reveal their innermost concerns as they get a new look. The elite team of stylists are giving people’s lives a makeover as well as their hair.
Finally, the Richard Hammond’s Workshop automotive series, designed for the American SVoD platform Discovery +, is available from the British distributor Cineflix Rights. Hammond sets up his auto repair shop with his own money at stake and deals with demanding customers, engineering challenges and tight deadlines.
That’s it for C21’s Hot Properties Playlist for this month, enjoy your TV-filled November!