UK television comedy series Hale And Pace and drama series Reckless are being adapted by the German production arm of UK broadcaster Granada.

Called Granada Produktion fuer Film und Fernsehen, the company aims to establish itself in the German market, through local adaptations of comedy and TV movies. Granada Produktion was founded last year, and is currently managed by Stefan Oelze.

According to Frank Speelmans, head of creative at Granada, "our niche in the German market are stories and ideas which make the people laugh".

Production in Berlin, for broadcaster SAT.1, has already begun on the 14-episode comedy Mensch Markus, inspired by Hale And Pace. Also shooting in Berlin is a two-part adaptation of UK series Reckless. So far it has completed one other production, the romantic comedy, Ein Millionaer Zum Fruehstueck, which will be aired by SAT.1 in November.