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Bbc Worldwide Showcase 218
23 February 2018


ACC Liverpool welcomed BBC Worldwide for the seventh time for its annual Showcase.

A host of celebrities attended the star-studded event including Luther star Idris Elba, new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker, Alan Partridge actor Steve Coogan and Sick of It’s Karl Pilkington.

At this year’s Showcase, now in its 42nd year, more than 700 of the world’s leading TV executives from all over the world flew into the city to view and buy British TV content.

BBC Worldwide used the entire ACC Liverpool campus for the first time – BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and Exhibition Centre Liverpool.  The exhibition centre was used as a testing site ahead of the event and the convention centre housed hundreds of specially constructed digi booths to enable buyers to watch 3,000 hours of British television content. 

Meanwhile the arena was transformed for two spectacular gala dinners – one featured a variety of themes such as space, natural history and the streets of London.  The venue was then converted overnight for a Doctor Who theme.

Bob Prattey, chief executive of The ACC Liverpool Group, said: “We are proud to have hosted BBC Worldwide for its prestigious Showcase for its seventh year in Liverpool and to have welcomed hundreds of global TV buyers to experience the city and our venue.

“Every year our teams work together to evolve Showcase and to explore unique and creative ways to use our space.  The flexibility of our campus meant that this year it took over most of our site and the transformation was once again stunning.”

BBC Worldwide is the world’s biggest exporter of British TV programmes taking hit shows like Blue PlanetII to millions of homes from China to Chile and selling formats including the Great Bake Off to countries such as Brazil.  It sells programmes to more than 200 territories globally as well as licensing the format of much loved British shows to overseas broadcasters to be re-made locally.