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BBC Worldwide and AtresMedia TV are to co-produce an original English-language sci-fi drama entitled The Refugees.

The science fiction saga will begin filming this summer before premiering on laSexta in Spain next Autumn. BBC Worldwide will act as co-producer, commissioner for international channels, and global distributor the corporation have announced.

The Refugees, which has been created by Ramón Campos, Gema R. Neira, Cristóbal Garrido and Adolfo Valor will be produced by Bambú Producciones, producer of Grand Hotel, which airs in the UK on Sky Arts.

Refugees explores the impact on a small rural community after millions of refugees from the future travel back in time to seek shelter in the present.

The appeal of using British talent whilst growing our content pipeline by sourcing it from a new European partner really spoke to us. As did the opportunity to shoot an English speaking drama in Spain with a British cast and writer.

This is part of an emerging trend for some European networks to move into English language drama; we are now exploring this model to deliver cost-effective, high quality output. And combined with Atresmedia’s ambition and such an intriguing original story this was a collaboration too good to shy away from. – Ben Donald, Executive Producer for International Drama, BBC Worldwide

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