Totally Serialized, back for 3rd edition

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 20-12-2013

From 16-19 January 2014, Ciné Lumière in London will hold the third edition of the TV series festival Totally Serialized, showcasing the best new productions from both sides of the Channel as well as European TV series.

Audiences can enjoy their favourite shows on the big screen, such as Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, The Returned and My Mad Fat Diary, attend premieres of future cult series and meet the creators during Q&As and masterclasses.

TV professionals will get a chance to participate in the industry event which deals with various aspects of the field of TV series, including producing, screenwriting and financing. There will also be a case study of The Tunnel.

Another highlight will be upcoming political thrillers, with three UK premieres on Sunday 19 January: the Belgian Salamander, recently acquired by BBC Four for its Saturday Night Slot; the Danish hit The Protectors; and the French Les Anonymes (The Minister) by Pierre Schoeller, who will be at the event for a Q&A.

A marathon of the full first season of French show The Returned will also be hosted as part of the event's Saturday Fright Night, along with the 10th anniversary screening of all the episodes of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.

The Cult Comedy Marathon will showcase the best comedies from both sides of the Channel.

The rise of TV shows in the past few years has been meteoric and a more recent development in the British TV industry has been the breaking down of frontiers. International buyers move away from a remake-centred strategy and now broadcast the original series with subtitles.

French shows such as The Returned, Braquo, Spiral, Hard and Maison Close have benefited from this shift, and have proven to be successful on Channel 4, FX, BBC Four and Sky Arts respectively.

Totally Serialized is curated by Lorraine Sullivan and organised by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni in association with SACD, La Culture Copie Privée, MediaDesk UK, Canal+, BAFTA, TV France International, France 24 and Ile-de-France Film Commission.