The vast majority of television watched in all markets is locally produced (Ofcom). Audiences like to see local talent and local culture reflected in their programming. Our catalogue of TV formats is a rich source of ideas for shows we can localise with broadcasters around the world, whether it's Strictly Come Dancing (as Dancing with the Stars) in the US, Top Gear in Russia or Baby Borrowers in India.
In addition, we have been developing an international network of production offices so that we can produce local versions of our formats for customers and thus earn extra revenues from production fees while ensuring the finished version stays true to the programmes' brand values. This production capability - sometimes wholly owned, sometimes in partnership with local indies - is also a resource for creating new, locally relevant content for our growing portfolio of BBC-branded channels and to add to our distribution catalogue.
The next series of sci-fi drama Torchwood will be developed and produced by BBC Worldwide Productions on behalf of BBC Wales, BBC Worldwide and US premium pay-TV channel Starz. Written by Russell T. Davies and starring John Barrowman and Eve Myles, this fourth series of the BBC's hit show will continue to be distributed outside the US by BBC Worldwide, and the additional co-production funding invested by Starz will enable Davies and the writing team to tell a more global story, using international locations.