The BBC has ordered four new dramas for its flagship channel BBC One – the last drama commissions from outgoing channel controller Danny Cohen.
Our Zoo (6×60′) is written by Matt Charman and produced by Big Talk Productions and Aenon. It tells the true story of the man who created Chester Zoo in the 1930s and its impact on his family.
The executive producers are Luke Alkin, Adam Kemp, Kenton Allen and Matthew Read.
Poldark (6×60′) is an adaptation of Winston Graham’s romantic saga set in late-18th Century Cornwall, written by Debbit Horsfield and produced by Mammoth Screen. When a man returns home from war, he discovers his father is dead, his home overrun by livestock and drunken servants and his wife, believing him to be dead, has married his cousin.
Debbie Horsfield, Rebecca Keane, Karen Thrussell, Damien Timmer and Polly Hill are the executive producers.
Dickensian, written by Tony Jordan, is a multi-part series in which characters created by Charles Dickens meet one another. It is produced by Red Planet Pictures, with Jordan and Polly Hill executive producing.
From There To Here (3×60′), written by Peter Bowker, is a family saga set in Manchester in 1996, beginning on the day an IRA bomb explodes in the city centre.
It is produced by Kudos Film and Television and executive produced by Derek Wax and Stephen Wright.
Cohen is due to take up his new role of director of BBC television.