BBC's 'Doctor Foster' to Get Russian Version

Courtesy of BBC Worldwide
'Doctor Foster'

The television drama will air on the Rossiya 1 network in 2018.

BBC Worldwide has struck a format licensing deal for drama Doctor Foster with Russian production company Star Media.

The local version of the series will air on the Rossiya 1 network in 2018, it said.

"The power of the writing, universality of the subject matter and success of the English-language original all make this a compelling and very exciting series to bring to Russian audiences," said Vlad Riashyn, CEO of Star Media.

"Doctor Foster has transfixed audiences around the world and changed perceptions of dinner parties everywhere," said Sumi Connock, creative director of formats at BBC Worldwide. "I’m really looking forward to seeing a Russian take on one of the most successful U.K. dramas of recent years."

Doctor Foster, a Drama Republic production written and created by Mike Bartlett, follows in the footsteps of Mistresses, which was also remade by Star Media and aired on Russia's top network Channel One in 2015.

Among other BBC Worldwide scripted formats remade for Russian TV are Luther (known as Klim in Russia) and Life on Mars (retitled Dark Side of the Moon).

Star Media also remade Warner Bros. format The Closer, the first season of which aired on Channel One in 2016. Seasons two and three are currently in production.

Other remakes of foreign formats done by Star Media include Mum Detective, a format from Spain's Boomerang TV, which aired in 2015, and Warner Bros.' The Mentalist, which is currently in production.