Doctor Foster is a BBC One drama television series that was first broadcast on 9 September 2015. The five-part series, written by Mike Bartlett, is about Dr Gemma Foster, who suspects that her husband is having an affair. After she follows several lines of enquiry, far more in her life unravels, including a streak of violence below the surface. [The storyline was inspired by the ancient myth of Medea, a wronged wife who poisons her husband's new bride and kills their children.] The second series started on 5 September 2017 and concluded on 3 October 2017.
Even though the TV series concluded in October of last year, it is already being remade. But even so, both series will be allowed to remain in the main Toobworld.
BBC Studios has sold the 'Doctor Foster' format to TF1 for a French remake, turning it into the first scripted production for BBC Studios in the region.
The BBC’s French production base will co-produce the 6×52 minute series for TF1 with Storia Télévision and will begin filming this month in Biarritz and the Nouvelle Aquitaine region.
Mike Bartlett’s creation, originally produced by Drama Republic, will be renamed 'Infidéle' (Unfaithful) and directed by Didier Le Pêcheur.
The screenplay will be adapted by Hélène Duchâteau, Baptiste Filleul and Pierre Linhart. French actress and singer Claire Keim will take the lead role of Emma Sandrelli.
The deal with TF1 follows on from the news that Russia, licensed to Star Media for broadcast on Russia 1, will also remake the series starring acclaimed actress, Kseniay Rapporport, in the lead role.
BBC Studios’ French production base has launched a number of British shows in the region, notably 'Top Gear' ('Top Gear France'), 'The Great Bake Off' ('Le Meilleur Pâtissier'), 'Dancing with the Stars' ('Danse avec les Stars') and 'The Great Sewing Bee' ('Cousu Main'). But 'Infidéle' may be the first scripted production from the company. (I have no verification on that.)
'Infidéle' will not cause a Zonk in the main Toobworld because there are enough differences being planned so that it won't be a carbon copy of 'Doctor Foster' - change in the characters' names and MAJOR change in location. I might even be able to theorize that Emma Sandrelli was inspired by seeing the story about Dr. Gemma Foster on the news.
And when Kseniay Rapporport appears in the Russian version, I feel confidant that it will also be allowed to stay in Earth Prime-Time and that her character will also be inspired by Doctor Foster.....
Big hat tip to Rob Buckley of the blog "The Medium Is Not Enough" for the lead on this story.....