BBC Studios and BEC World Public Company Limited, Thailand’s leading media and entertainment platform, announced today on the first day of BBC Studios Showcase, that they have inked a new scripted format agreement that will see riveting psychological drama Doctor Foster remade by JSL Global Media Limited for the Thai audience on Channel 3.
Originally written by Mike Bartlett and produced by Drama Republic for BBC One, the BAFTA award-winning series centres around a trusted doctor whose seemingly perfect life falls apart when she uncovers her husband’s infidelity. The 24 x 60’ Thai adaption will go into production this spring for broadcast in Autumn this year.
Thailand is the latest international market to license the Doctor Foster format, after France, Russia, India, South Korea, Turkey and The Philippines. In South Korea, the format (known locally as The World of the Married) was the country’s highest-rated drama in cable TV history, while in France, it reached 6 million viewers on TF1. The second series has aired in India to critical acclaim and is currently within the Top 3 most popular co-produced BBC Studios’ shows on Disney+ Hotstar in India.
André Renaud, SVP Global Format Sales for BBC Studios said: “It is no surprise that Doctor Foster is the first scripted format adaptation for us in Thailand as the story of Gemma Foster and the events in her life continue to resonate with audiences around the world. I am thrilled that JSL Global Media are bringing this story to viewers on Channel 3 and look forward to seeing how they will share this bold and relatable character to audiences across Thailand.”
Surin Krittayaphongphun, President of TV Business for BEC World Public Company Limited said: “I am excited that the Thai adaptation of Doctor Foster will be coming to life through our strong collaboration with JSL Global Media and broadcasting through TV Channel 3 for our audiences. Not only the story is engaging and thought-provoking, it captures the complex relationship in family that most people can relate to. I am confident that the storytelling of our Thai adaptation is the one worth waiting for.”