Chris Evans, James Norton, Keeley Hawes and Ben Miller will all be part of the BBC Worldwide Showcase that returns to Liverpool 22-24 February for a fifth edition in the city.
The Showcase will be the BBC’s 40th and organisers expect to attract 700 international TV buyers to examine the best of the BBC’s catalogue of British content.
The flagship event also signals the international trade launch of the new look Top Gear. New lead presenter Chris Evans will be in attendance.
Bob Prattey, chief executive of The ACC Liverpool Group, said: “This is the fifth time that BBC Worldwide has brought its prestigious Showcase event to ACC Liverpool which provides an opportunity for TV buyers from all over the world to attend a fantastic event and experience our venue and city.
“Every year we are amazed at how the team transforms the arena and convention centre, so it will be interesting to see what they have planned for this year’s event.”
Also on this year’s slate are a wide range of premium dramas including Sherlock, Maigret, SS-GB and One of Us, the new natural history landmark, Planet Earth II and David Beckham’s For the Love of the Game.
BBC Worldwide Showcase is the world’s largest international television market hosted by a single distributor. Almost 6,000 hours of TV content will be available for buyers to view throughout the three days in 600 digibooths.
Paul Dempsey, president global markets, BBC Worldwide said: “The range and quality of the great British shows in our catalogue is what makes Showcase one of the must attend events on the sales calendar. And once again we’ve surpassed ourselves. We’ll be teasing the new look Top Gear, celebrating the full spectrum of British crime drama, launching the follow up to one of the BBC’s most successful natural history programmes and introducing a stunning slate of UK dramas. We’ve also got a bus load of industry experts offering insights into the latest trends and technology and welcoming some of Britain’s most loved talent. There’s no better place to be than Liverpool in February.”
In 2014/15, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £138.6m and headline sales of £1,001.8m and returned a record £226.5m to the BBC.