BBC Worldwide takes centre-stage on 1 October at the RomaFictionFest, the sixth edition of the international festival dedicated to television fiction, which runs from 30 September to 5 October at Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica.
BBC Worldwide Day is dedicated entirely to the drama programmes beamed around the globe by the giant media company, and marks the first time that the prestigious television festival has devoted a day to an international distributor. Major television directors and producers, as well as noted British and American actors, take part in series of discussions, masterclasses and screenings.
Fresh from co-scripting The Dark Knight Rises, David S. Goyer presents a masterclass on Da Vinci's Demons, the eight-episode historical fantasy series produced by the BBC. Gillian Anderson, who made her name as the character Scully in The X-Files, will present the Italian premiere of the BBC's "Great Expectations", at which she will receive the RomaFictionFest Excellence Award, while Matthew Macfadyen, known for his role in Pride and Prejudice, will attend the premiere of the new crime drama Ripper Street.
The BBC screenings - including Sherlock S2 and the seventh series of Doctor Who - are designed to catch the eye of international producers but are also open to the public.
Meanwhile new US television shows being previewed during the six-day event include Last Resort, The New Normal, Dallas and Elementary. Italian premieres featured are Pupetta and K2; with Beppe Fiorello, Gigi Proietti, Vittoria Puccini, Gabriel Garko, Luca Argentero and Giorgio Albertazzi among the guests in attendance from the world of Italian television.
For more details see www.romafictionfest.it.
30 Sept - 5 October. RomaFictionFest, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale Pietro de Coubertin 30.