The BBC is known for announcing a host of new drama projects at once. Here’s the latest commissions for BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four.
From the executive producers of Merlin comes Atlantis (13×45′), which will air on Saturday nights this autumn. Set in the eponymous ancient world with storylines based on Greek myths and legends, the series is created and written by Howard Overman (Misfits) and executive produced by Overman, Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy (Merlin) and BBC Cymru Wales’ Bethan Jones. This will be the first project from Capps and Murphy’s new production company since they left Shine Television. Filming will begin in Wales and Morocco in April.
Jane Austen’s beloved characters Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy return to television screens in Death Comes To Pemberley (3×60′), which is based on PD James’ novel set six years after the events of Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. The adaptation is written by Juliette Towhidi and produced by Origin Pictures. It is executive produced by Origin’s David Thompson and Ed Rubin with the BBC’s Polly Hill.
Breakdown (8×60′), written by Jack Williams and Harry Williams, is produced by New Pictures and Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures. The story focuses on a child abduction and the impact of one father’s relentless search for his son. New Pictures’ Charlie Pattinson, Company’s Willow Grylls and John Yorke, Two Brothers’ Harry Williams and Jack Williams and the BBC’s Polly Hill executive produce.
Produced by BBC Drama Production, The Interceptor (8×60′) is written by Tony Saint (Strike Back) and tells the story of a top secret law enforcement team whose mission is to hunt down Britain’s most dangerous and ruthless criminals. Sarah Brown will executive produce.
Another adaptation is Jamaica Inn (3×60′), based on the Daphne du Maurier novel. Set in 1820, a young woman becomes entangled in a dangerous criminal world ridden with smuggling and murder. It is written by Emma Frost (The White Queen) and made by Origin Pictures. Its executive producers are David Thompson, Ed Rubin and Hilary Heath, with the BBC’s Sarah Stack and Stephen Wright.
Mammoth Screen has been commissioned to produce Remember Me (3×60′), written by Gywneth Hughes. The mystery focuses on a Yorkshireman who moves into a residential care home, where he becomes the sole witness to a violent death. Hughes, Rebecca Keane and Damien Timmer executive produce for Mammoth with the BBC’s Polly Hill.
Following Page Eight, the first part in a trilogy about British secret service MI5, comes Turks and Caicos and Salting The Battlefield. Both are written and directed by David Hare, it is produced by Carnival Films, Heyday Films and Runaway Fridge Films. Carnival’s Gareth Neame, Heyday’s David Heyman and Runaway Fridge’s David Barron executive produce with the BBC’s Christine Langan.
Following Liz & Dick, which aired on US cable network Lifetime last year, the BBC has ordered its own film based on the life of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Burton and Taylor (1×90′) is written by William Ivory and produced by BBC Drama Production. Jessica Pope executive produces with producer Lachlan McKinnon.
Several BBC dramas have won new seasons. Call the Midwife will have a Christmas special later this year and a third season (8×60′) in 2014, produced by Neal Street Productions.
Crime drama Death in Paradise will also return for a third season next year, written by Robert Thorogood and others and produced by Red Planet Pictures.
However, period drama The Hour, which comes from Kudos Film and Television, will not be coming back after two seasons.