BBC Worldwide Sales and Distribution and WGBH will co-produce “Emma” and “Cranford 2” for Masterpiece Classic.
“Emma” will star Romola Garai as the title charachter, Sir Michael Gambon as her father and Jonny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley.
The two-part sequel “Cranford 2” welcomes back Dame Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis and Eileen Atkins. New cast members include Jonathan Pryce, Tom Hiddleston and Tim Curry.
“Following Cranford’s success in the U.S. and UK, we are excited to be working with WGBH again to bring its sequel, Cranford 2, as well as the Jane Austen’s classical tale, Emma, to audiences next year,” said Susanna Pollack, SVP of sales & distribution for BBC Worldwide, Americas.
BBC Worldwide and WGBH will also co-produce the miniseries “Small Island” starring Naomie Harris and “Framed” based on Frank Cottrell Boyce’s children’s novel.
Additionally, WGBH has acquired “Sharpe’s Peril,” “Sharpe’s Challenge” and “39 Steps” from BBC Worldwide.
All the programs will air on WGBH’s Masterpiece Classic on PBS in early 2010.