BBC Studios Germany has secured its first commission since launching in the territory this year – a local adaptation of sitcom Miranda.

The newly-formed German production base will co-produce the eight-part series for ZDF Neo with Studio Zentral.

Miranda, a BBC production written by and starring British comedian Miranda Hart, will be adapted for a German audience with the working title “Ruby” and will be directed by Natascha Beller.  The screenplay is being adapted by Giulia Becker and Anika Soisson and German actress Anna Böger will take the lead role of Ruby. Filming is currently taking place in Cologne and is expected to last until 8th September 2021. Broadcasting dates on ZDFneo and in the ZDFmediathek have not yet been set.

Ruby maneuvers her way through the challenges of everyday life in a slightly clumsy way and often literally falls – to the horror of her mother Alexa (Irene Rindje). The overbearing amateur golfer wants nothing more than to finally see her daughter at the altar. One day, when Ruby’s old school friend David (Camill Jammal) returns from his world tour and opens a bistro in town, Ruby’s life is turned upside down. The two have always liked each other, but in which way they still have to find out. All of a sudden, Ruby’s life is just a little more exciting than it was before.

Philipp Schmid, Managing Director, BBC Studios Germany said, “I’m thrilled to be able to announce BBC Studios Germany’s first commission since formally launching in January. BBC Studios scripted format for Miranda Hart’s Miranda is so warm, funny and timeless that we wanted to make a German version from the day we launched our new business here. We are excited to make it for our German audience and hope they will be just as entertained by Ruby (w/t) as British audiences were by Miranda.” 

This will be the second international version of Miranda, having previously been adapted for US audiences for Fox Television, where it is locally known as Call me Kat and has recently been renewed for a second series.

BBC Studios Germany also co-produces The Great Bake Off  with Tower Productions and the RTL version of Strictly Come Dancing (Let’s Dance) with Seapoint Productions.

Jon Creamer

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