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Threadbone Corporation Denounces "Opportunism"

Sources close to Threadbone Corporation CEO CIO, Chair and Life President Mrs Amanda J Threadbone say that the much respected serial award-winning Dorset Business Woman of the Year is "disappointed, saddened, dispirited and disheartened" by reports emerging from Switzerland that popular Swiss entertainment channel SRF 1 is set to broadcast a six part mini-series Commissaire Berglàre, based on the true life story of L'Autorités Suisses's debonaire but ageing Commissaire de Police Arsène Berglàre, whose recent fall from grace has captured the public's attention worldwide.

The series which is set to be aired in Switzerland next week has already been bought by more than 24 European channels including Dorset Television - the only regional television station in Dorset not owned and run by thrupiecemedia. No date has yet been announced for transmission in the UK

Dorset Television's Head of European Purchasing - Hedda Bi-Ying - said that the station had acquired the franchised series because of its "topicality, strong story line and high production values", adding that "the decision by thrupiecemedia not to enter a bidding war, reduced the cost considerably making it an absolute no-brainer". The series continues a tradition of foreign crime drama purchases which have proven popular with the Dorset viewing public. Recent surprise "hits" have included Inspector Montalboner and The Young Montalboner (Italy). Wallbender (Sweden) The Fridge I, II and III (Denmark/Sweden), Squiral (France) and Death in Parracombe (Devon).

Commissaire Berglàre is a Channel SRF 1 original drama production starring Ray Winstonebone as Commissaire Arsène Berglàre. Mr Winstonebone - known throughout the West Country as the face of Dorset Casino - bets responsibly.

Swiss Channel SRF 1's Commissaire Berglàre is likely to prove a controversial (ie hugely lucrative) choice of summer programming for beleaguered Dorset Television. The only non thrupiecemedia owned regional station has struggled for market share in recent years. CEO Mark Ettchère believes that the topicality of Commissaire Berglàre will win the station many friends and at least one obvious enemy.

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