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Expected to be given a primetime slot when it launches next month, it is evidence of the changing attitudes towards subtitled drama that can be traced to the success of Danish murder mystery The Killing on BBC4, which has just announced its latest acquisition, the Belgian thriller Salamander. She added: "It's a risk putting a foreignlanguage drama on Channel 4, because it is inevitably more niche in appeal. But Homeland was a big risk when we bought it and played it prominently against home-grown drama.
The audience will often go with you on a show if they can see the quality. But Homeland had Damian Lewis. Les Revenants, as it was known in France, has no household names or English dialogue. Subtitled dramas had been out of fashion on British TV for the best part of two decades before The Killing helped to change the attitude of viewers and commissioning editors in It went mainstream with The Killing.
Sky's head of drama, Anne Mensah, said: "The point of The Tunnel is about the differences in language and culture [between the UK and continental Europe], so not to play it in French would completely undermine the point. It's part of the drama that, in an interview scene, one character won't understand what the other is saying.
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Now it's all about the Swedish Wallander, the Bridge and Borgen. It's the new snobbery for people who claim they don't watch television. With UK broadcasters looking beyond Scandinavia, which has filled BBC4's Saturday night drama slot much of the time for several years, Turkey has been tipped as the newest hotbed of international hits.
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Fremantle also bought the rights to make the English-language version of Les Revenants, with Shameless creator Paul Abbott. But, as US network Fox discovered with its adaptation of The Killing, improving on the original, subtitles and all, is no easy task. More Details Original Title. Second Chance 4. Other Editions 3.
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