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BBC Worldwide's The Greatest Show On Earth Scores a Hattrick

5 September 2005

BBC Worldwide today announced three more international presales of the upcoming football series, The Greatest Show On Earth, celebrating the history of the World Cup.

The eagerly anticipated series, from the producers of the award-winning documentary The Fight, has now been sold to Canal Plus in Spain and RTP in Portugal, and the rights have been licensed to specialist agency Mulipole in Latin America and the Caribbean. These sales follow those already secured earlier this year, to SVT in Sweden and SBS in Australia.

The Greatest Show On Earth (6 x 50') is a collaboration between BBC Worldwide and FIFA, and features a combination of stunningly shot Official World Cup FIFA film archive and dramatised reconstructions of epic 'behind the scenes' moments in World Cup history, filmed exclusively for the series.

Mark Fricker, Commercial Director Motion Gallery, BBC Worldwide, commented on the recent sales, "We are very pleased with the strong global broadcast interest in these titles which demonstrate the international television audience's appetite for quality sport documentaries".

Tracing the World Cup story from the 1930s to 2002, The Greatest Show On Earth, will feature football's major protagonists, including Brazil, Italy, Argentina, Germany, France, Holland and England. The programme will also feature special analyses of developing football nations.

The Greatest Show On Earth is produced by Tom Ware. It is a BBC Bristol production and will be distributed by BBC Worldwide. The executive producer is Michael Poole. The series will be available next Spring, in advance of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.


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