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New UK drama series to film in Malaysia

Foreign Bodies, a new British drama series from production company Eleven, has been confirmed to film in Malaysia.

The 8 x 45 has been commissioned by the UK’s digital television channel E4, part of Channel 4, and follows a diverse gang of travellers embarking on a three-month trip around Asia. 

Foreign Bodies is written by Tom Basden, whose previous credits include Fresh Meat, The Wrong Mans and Plebs. Jonathan van Tulleken (Misfits) is on board to direct several episodes. 

Executive Producers Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell of Eleven said: “We’re thrilled to be embarking - quite literally - on this adventure with Tom. He’s a brilliant, funny and deeply perceptive writer and in Jonathan we have a hugely dynamic and inventive director. E4 is a fantastically audacious, exciting broadcaster and - alongside eOne - the perfect partner for this extraordinary show.”

Malaysia was previously used as the location for Channel 4’s drama series Indian Summers (pictured), which will return for a second series this year. Also in its second production run is Netflix production Marco Polo, which makes use of Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios.

The country has been working hard to lure international film productions in recent years. In order to encourage productions to shoot in the nation the Malaysian government introduced a tax rebate of 30%, known as FIMI (the Film in Malaysia Incentive).

The E4 series will begin filming in 2016. Global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) serves as a co-production partner on Foreign Bodies and will handle worldwide distribution.

For more on filming in Malaysia see our production guide.