Andrew Davies pens BBC Dylan biopic

The BBC has commissioned a one-off drama based on the life of poet Dylan Thomas and recommissioned its comedy drama about a bomb disposal unit in Afghanistan.

BBC Two and BBC One Wales have ordered A Poet In New York, which will explore how Thomas died in a smog-ridden New York in 1953 aged 39.

Produced by Modern TV and written by Andrew Davies, it is set in New York and Laugharne.

The executive producers are Griff Rhys Jones for Modern TV and Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales. The producer for Modern TV is Ruth Caleb and the director is Aisling Walsh.

Filming will begin this summer in Cardiff and Laugharne and it will air on BBC One Wales and BBC Two next year.

Meanwhile, BBC Three will have a second season (6×30′) of Bluestone 42, which follows the fortunes of a bomb disposal unit in Afghanistan.

Bluestone 42

Bluestone 42

Written by Richard Hurst and James Cary, it is produced by BBC In-House Comedy. Michelle Farr produces alongside Stephen McCrum, who is the executive producer.

The final episode of season one airs tonight on BBC Three.

Furthermore, BBC One has revealed more details about its forthcoming drama Truckers.

Stephen Tompkinson will star in the five-part series written by William Ivory and made by Company Pictures.

It tells the stories of real life, ordinary people who all work for the same haulage company driving articulated lorries. In each episode, a trucker will undergo a life-changing journey.

The executive producers on Truckers (5×60′) are Ivory, Steve Lightfoot and John Yorke for Company Pictures and Polly Hill, head of independent drama for the BBC. The producer for Company Pictures is Faye Dorn and the directors are Sheree Folkson and Sue Tully.

Filming will begin in Nottingham next month.

Source: BBC