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Global edition: Apple to revive Spielberg series; BBC, RTL embark on 'Missions'

The Program Guide's global edition highlights recent programming announcements from various networks and online video platforms around the world.


* Channel 5 (UK) commissioned ITN Productions to produce an eight-part series tracking Queen Elizabeth II's rise and reign, Real Screen reported Oct. 11. Tentatively titled "Elizabeth," the show will tell the Queen's story through access to first-person and seldom-heard testimonials from those closest to her, alongside rarely seen archive material.

* BBC Four (UK) will broadcast the French sci-fi drama "Missions" in the U.K., The Hollywood Reporter wrote Oct. 11. The space series, about an expedition to Mars that turns into a rescue mission, was also acquired by Germany's RTL Group and Denmark's DR after its critical acclaim at television festivals this year.

* ITV Plc's dating reality show "Love Island" is getting an Australian news release. Produced by ITV Studios Australia, "Love Island Australia" will air on Nine Network's 9Go! channel and streaming service 9Now in 2018.

* ITV said Oct. 10 that it commissioned Two Brothers Pictures to produce psychological thriller "Cheat." The four-part miniseries focuses on the relationship between a university professor and her student and the drama that sparks from it.

* Marvel drama "The Gifted" has launched in more than 183 countries on Fox following the show's U.S. premiere. The series, produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, revolves around a family on the run after the parents discover their children have supernatural powers.


* Apple Inc. teamed up with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and NBCUniversal Media LLC's TV production arm to create 10 new episodes of "Amazing Stories," The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 10. The horror anthology series was created by Spielberg and ran on NBC (US) in the 1980s.

* "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" will make its global debut on Inc.'s Amazon Prime Video on Nov. 29. The series stars Rachel Brosnahan as a 1958 New York City woman who enters the world of stand-up comedy, the company said Oct. 10.

* New original series "Dark" will debut globally on Netflix Inc. on Dec. 1. The show is set in a present-day German town where the disappearance of two children brings the double lives and fractured relationships between four families to light, the company said Oct. 4.

* Discovery Communications Inc. said Oct. 4 that it teamed up with Alphabet Inc.'s Google Inc. to debut "Discovery TRVLR," a new immersive series from Discovery VR and Google's VR team. The first edition of a seven-part, 38-episode series will premiere Nov. 3 exclusively on YouTube, and on the Discovery VR app.