HCA NEWS Hans Christian Andersen on Chinese TV

A Chinese produced TV drama on the life of Hans Christian Andersen features among the 24 Chinese projects sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation.

By Camilla Jensen - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 11 March 2004

The Chinese contribution to the worldwide celebration of the 2005 bicentenary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen will feature 24 projects that all carry the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation logo.

One of the projects granted sponsorship by the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation is a 4-5 episode docu-drama produced by nationwide Chinese TV - CCTV - to be broadcasted in April 2005. The aim is to portray the feelings the Chinese have for Hans Christian Andersen, who has featured on the school curriculum in China for generations.

The TV production budget has not been finalised, but some of the funds will finance a trip to Hans Christian Andersen 's hometown Odense.

"We need to follow in his footsteps throughout Denmark in order to document who he was and to convey this to the Chinese. This will be of great interest to them," says film director Chen Jie to regional daily, Fyens Stiftstidende.

Chen Jie was trained at the BBC where she has also worked. In China she has had great success with her historically based docu-dramas produced for CCTV.

The series on Andersen, entitled 'The Story of Hans Christian Andersen' is to be broadcast in Denmark and other European countries after it opens in China.