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Deal monitor: RTÉ, Radio Gaga, Exodus

Alison SpittleBBC Worldwide will sell an upcoming comedy from Ireland’s RTÉ, while Hat Trick International and Lineup Industries have signed new distribution deals.

The BBC’s commercial arm has taken rights to Nowhere Fast, which Deadpan Pictues (Can’t Cope Won’t Cope) is producing with support from local body the BAI and Section 481 tax credits.

The RTÉ2 series follow millennial Angela (Alison Spittle, pictured), who returns home to Ireland after a disastrous media career in London.

“Set in rural Ireland, Nowhere Fastis all about the misadventures you get up to in your twenties, with a unique take on life in a small town,” said Gemma Brandler, BBCWW’s manager for comedy. “Alison has a fantastic ear for millennial dialogue and we believe that her voice will resonate with audiences the world over.”

Over in Amsterdam, distributor Lineup Industries has secured remakes of its feel-good social experiment format Radio Gaga in Spain, via Movistar, Denmark (on DR) and the Netherlands (NPO3).

The format, in which two hosts take a mobile radio station on the road to learn about local communities, is also going into a third season on VRT in Belgium, with De Chinezen producing for the Canvas channel.

UK-based Hat Trick International, meanwhile, has sold three-part BBC Two documentary Exodus: Our Journey to Europe to Planete Cable for France, French-speaking Belgium and Africa; TVO for Canada; SBS for Australia; DR (Denmark); YLE (Finland); AMC Networks (Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia); 365 Media (Iceland); RTÉ; RTL (Netherlands); NRK (Norway); and SVT (Sweden).

A second season of the doc, which is billed as a “a terrifying, intimate and epic portrait of the migration crisis”, has been commissioned by the BBC.

Also at the UK public broadcaster, BBC One has ordered a second season of Ton Hardy-fronted drama Taboo.