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28 May 2020

Award-winning factual producer Brook Lapping, part of Zinc Media, has been commissioned by BBC Two and ARTE France to tell the inside story of how the US President has redefined American foreign policy.

Trump on the World Stage (w/t) (3 x 60 min), a co-production with Paris-based Les Films D’ici, goes behind closed doors to tell the inside story of how Trump has turned American foreign policy, conducted in the same way for generations, on its head, sparking outrage at home and abroad. By interviewing the big players from all sides, viewers are given a unique account that gets as near as possible to what actually happened.

Norma Percy, Series Producer, Brook Lapping, says: “For decades, Brook Lapping has been making landmark documentaries that get Presidents, Prime Ministers and their top aides who were inside the room to describe how the really big political decisions were taken. That’s exactly our approach here.

“Once again, we have set out to show viewers what it was like inside the room at the crucial moments like Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-Un, the decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, and his shock announcement to pull US troops out of Syria. Those who were with him will tell how, from the start, Trump has run the country like his business empire: playing hardball to get the best deal. From Trump’s top officials and closest advisors, to the world leaders who have come up against his no-holes-barred manner, the series will reveal how Trump has thrown out the diplomatic rulebook.”

In Brook Lapping’s trademark style, only those who were in the room when the key decisions were taken will tell the story. This approach is echoed in their portfolio of iconic documentaries examining modern history’s most important stories, with recent commissions including: Cuba: Castro vs the World (for BBC/ARTE); Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil (for BBC Two), recent winner of the 2019 Wincott Awards for excellence in financial, economic and business journalism; Inside Obama’s White House (for BBC Two); and Avenging Terror (for Channel 4).

Trump on the World Stage (w/t) has been pre-sold to SVT Sweden, DR Denmark, NRK Norway, VPRO Netherlands, VRT Flemish Belgium, and YLE Finland. The series is to be distributed by BBC Studios, with delivery in time for America’s next Presidential Inauguration in January 2021.

Greg Sanderson, Interim Managing Director Zinc Television London, adds: “Next year’s Presidential Inauguration promises to be an extremely pivotal time for America and for the world, so we are anticipating much international interest in this globally-important story.”

Trump on the World Stage (w/t) was commissioned for BBC Two by Patrick Holland and Gian Quaglieni; and by Fabrice Puchault, Mark Edwards and Anne Grolleron for ARTE. It is Series Produced by Norma Percy for Brook Lapping at Zinc Media, Executive Produced by Lucy Hetherington, and Directed by Tim Stirzaker and Tania Rakmanova. The Executive Producers for Les Films D’ici are Serge Lalou and Charlotte Uzu. The series is distributed internationally by BBC Studios.