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British TV comedy The Office and drama Criminal Justice are to be localised for an Indian audience following a tie-up between BBC Worldwide and production company Applause Entertainment.

The Office 22 Jan 2018The original production of The Office, written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant has given rise to eight international versions. It is set in a non-descript office in a non-descript industrial town, and features a narcissistic, childish and egotistical middle manager called David Brent (played by Ricky Gervais). The Emmy award-winning US version, which starred Steve Carell in the lead role, ran for nine seasons.

The shows will be carried by undisclosed online platforms in India. It will be the first time these successful BBC formats have been adapted in Asia.

As regards Criminal Justice, the BAFTA award-winning original version of the show was written by Peter Moffat, with each series following an individual’s emotional journey through the criminal justice system. It was adapted by HBO in the US as The Night Of, starring John Turtorro and Riz Ahmed, who won an Emmy for his role.

“Applause is looking to create premium content for Indian viewers to watch online, delivered on the back of the big digital highways that have been built through telecom and all other platforms that exist. We feel that BBC Worldwide, with its high quality content library and formidable reputation for making premium content in India, is the ideal partner to work with,” said Sameer Nair, CEO, Applause Entertainment.

“Together, we are pulling expertise and resources to adapt popular BBC formats here. We have picked shows that have been global successes and we believe that the Indian adaptations will meet the viewing needs of the Indian market,” he added.

Myleeta Aga, SVP and GM, South East Asia and South Asia at BBC Worldwide, said: “We are very excited to be working with Applause Entertainment, and are assembling an A-list cast of talent to ensure the highest standards of execution. We see Criminal Justice and The Office as just the first step in a long and fruitful partnership with Applause. We are confident this partnership will be result in many more incredibly popular and well-loved Indian adaptations of BBC formats.”

BBC shows Strictly Come Dancing and Stupid Man, Smart Phone have already been adapted for India, with the former airing on Viacom18’s Hindi entertainment channel Colors, and the latter streamed on its digital platform VOOT.