Series also pre-sold to BBC Select, SBS and further broadcasters 

The series is produced by Woodcut Media who brokered the deal with Channel 4, and is distributed worldwide by Abacus Media Rights (AMR) who have already concluded the following presales with  streaming service BBC Select (USA & Canada) and broadcasters SBS (Australia), AMC Networks International (Spain and Portugal), Viasat World (CEE, Scandinavia, Baltics, CIS), NRK (Norway), DR (Denmark), SVT (Sweden), Czech TV (Czech Republic) and HOT8 (Israel). 

Polly Scates, Senior Acquisitions Manager, Channel 4 said: “Delighted to be working with Woodcut and Abacus on this new series. It’s refreshing to see the stories of these women placed at the forefront and I’m excited for a light to be shone on their incredible impact on history.

Queens that Changed the World ( 6 x 45’) hones in on a formidable group of women who led the way, building nations, wielding extraordinary power, and often ruling in a manner that far surpassed their male counterparts.  This fascinating series explores what drove them, how they asserted their authority, and how at times, being a woman had its advantages.  The series focuses on the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I, the tenacious Eleanor of Aquitaine, Victoria, the British queen who redefined the monarchy, Egypt’s female pharaoh Hatshepsut, the first queen of Great Britain, Anne, and the warrior queen, Boudica. 

With psychological analysis alongside expert investigation from historians and academics, each episode delves into the challenges they faced, and their unique approach to power, whist also exploring wider themes such as women’s changing position in society and what this meant across the centuries.

Series producer is Angie Cox, and executive producers are Kate Beal and Tom Adams for Woodcut Media.

Angie Cox, Series Producer, Woodcut Media said: “The women featured in this fascinating docuseries were the ‘disruptors’ of the day – all standing out as towering figures in history and achieving incredible notoriety for their achievements and never shunning away from adversity in what was a male dominated era.” 

Jonathan Ford, Managing Director at Abacus Media Rights said: “Once again our friends at Woodcut Media have created a highly engaging documentary series which will resonate around the world.  Many women leaders have played a ground-breaking role in global history and this takes a deep dive in to some who made a massive difference to the way their countries evolved across time.”


About Woodcut Media: 

Founded by award-winning producer Kate Beal in 2014, UK indie prodco Woodcut Media is a female-led operation with a diverse team at its core, whose main ethos is to provide an honest and trusted voice – creating programming that tells incredible human stories with creativity, authenticity and care.  As well as being one of the leading true crime doc producers in the UK, Woodcut also specialises in a broad range of standout unscripted content covering factual entertainment, specialist factual, and premium/talent led programming.  Titles include Confessions of a Psycho Killer (Amazon Prime Video),  long-running series World’s Most Evil Killers/Britain’s Most Evil Killers (8 seasons), Fiennes: Return to the Nile with Joseph and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Cut from a Different ClothMandela, My Dad and Me, both featuring Idris Elba, Hitler: A Life in Pictures, and Paranormal Captured to name just a few.  In 2020, Woodcut launched distribution company Woodcut International, as well as Bristol-based production operation Woodcut West which specialises in natural history and high-end specialist factual.  www.woodcutmedia.com 

About Abacus Media Rights:

Abacus Media Rights (AMR) acquires and distributes a diverse slate of premium, multi-genre programming in the international market. AMR now additionally represents the Flame Media catalogue. At the same time, the company also works with producers to facilitate pre-sales and development finance as well as broadcaster commissions.  Embracing a fully transparent reporting ethos throughout, AMR focuses on building strong client relationships and generating positive solutions at every stage of the process, from initial financing to worldwide broadcast in order to successfully deliver scripted and non-scripted entertainment that counts to a global audience.  Abacus Media Rights is an Amcomri Entertainment company. Amcomri Entertainment Inc (NEO Exchange Canada: AMEN) (FRANKFURT: 25Y0) (New York OTC: AMNNF)www.abacusmediarights.com