ITV buys Line Of Duty production company World Productions

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(C) World Productions – Photographer: Des Willie/ Aidan Monaghan

Normally we wouldn’t bother with such business wheeling and dealing new items – this site is, after all, about the viewer experience and the end product itself – but I felt this was quite significant. Or at least could be. World Productions, the people behind things like In Plain Sight, The Great Train Robbery, The Bletchley Circle and, currently, Channel 4’s Born To Kill and Line Of Duty, has a new owner. That owner is ITV.

I’m putting this story up in reference to Line Of Duty, really. The show has been a BBC success story – starting life on BBC2, garnering record channel ratings and then, in the recently ended series four, enjoying a successful transfer to BBC flagship channel, BBC1.

So what does it mean for the show now its makers are now owned by ITV?

TBI International ran the story and said this:

Sources have indicated commercial channel ITV will not seek to bring the show to its airwaves. It will instead remain on BBC One.

“World has made a name for itself as one the country’s foremost drama producers with a raft of brilliant, stand out series from BBC’s Line of Duty to Channel 4’s Born to Kill,” said ITV Studios MD I can’t wait to work with Simon’s team as they drive World Productions into a new phase of growth in the UK and beyond.”

For the BBC’s sake, let’s hope the show remains on the network.

For all our news and reviews of Line Of Duty, go here

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