BBC One orders Bronte film

BBC One has ordered a one-off film about the life of the Bronte sisters.

BBC One

BBC One

Sally Wainwright will write and direct To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters (1×120′), which will examine their rise from obscurity to produce some of the greatest and most enduring novels of all time.

Produced by BBC Wales, Faith Penhale is the executive producer and Karen Lewis is the producer.

Rupert Everett suits up for The Musketeers

Rupert Everett and Matthew McNulty have been cast in the third season of BBC One’s swashbuckling adventure The Musketeers.

Rupert Everett in The Musketeers

Rupert Everett in The Musketeers

Everett will play Philippe Achille, Marquis de Feron, the corrupt Governor of Paris, Head of the Red Guard and illegitimate brother to Louis XIII.

McNulty portrays Lucien Grimaud, a money lender and vicious criminal who clawed his way out of poverty and neglect. Both men go up against the Musketeers and bring chaos and sedition to the monarchy and Paris.

The returning cast includes Luke Pasqualino as d’Artagnan, Tom Burke as Athos, Howard Charles as Porthos, Santiago Cabrera as Aramis, Hugo Speer as Captain Treville, Ryan Gage as King Louis, Alexandra Dowling as Queen Anne, and Tamla Kari as Constance.

The Musketeers is made by BBC Drama Production North and coproduced by distributor BBC Worldwide and BBC America. Jessica Pope is the executive producer, and Matthew Bird is producer.

BBC One summons The Coroner

Claire Goose and Matt Bardock will head the cast of a new daytime drama for BBC One.

Claire Goose

Claire Goose

The Coroner follows Jane (Goose), a high-flying solicitor, who after another failed relationship, returns to the small seaside town she escaped as a teenager to take up the post of Coroner. She finds herself forced to work with Davey (Bardock), the boy who broke her heart and is now local Detective Sergeant.

Each episode will contain a new story in which Jane and Davey work together to solve any sudden, violent or explained deaths in Lighthaven, based on Salcombe in Devon.

The cast also includes Grace Hogg-Robinson, Oliver Gomm, Beatie Edney, and Ivan Kaye.

The Coroner was created by writer Sally Abbott. Additional writers include Ann Marie Di Mambro, Al Smith, David Bowker, Dan Muirden, Kit Lambert, Matthew Cooke, and Vincent Lund.

It is produced by BBC Birmingham Drama Village, in collaboration with distributor BBC Worldwide.

The development producer is Ceri Meyrick, the producer is Sandra Maclver, and the series producer is Sam Hill.

The series will begin filming this month and air in 2016.

The Night Manager makes new hires

A host of top names have joined the cast of The Night Manager.

The BBC One/AMC adaptation of John le Carré’s novel began production last month.

And joining the espionage drama are David Harewood, Neil Morrissey, Katherine Kelly, and Tobias Menzies.

The cast already includes Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, and Elizabeth Debicki.

Produced by The Ink Factory, The Night Manager tells the story of former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) who is recruited by an intelligence operative named Burr (Colman) to navigate the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade.To infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), which includes girlfriend Jed (Debicki) and an associate named Corcoran (Hollander), Pine must himself become a criminal.Adapted by David Farr, the executive producers are Stephen Cornwell, Simon Cornwell, Stephen Garrett, David Farr, and Polly Hill. The producer is Rob Bullock.

The miniseries is due to air in 2016.

Toby Jones earns Capital at BBC One

Toby Jones will lead the cast in BBC One’s adaptation of John Lanchester’s novel Capital.

BBC One

BBC One

Lesley Sharp, Wunmi Mosaku, and Adeel Akhtar will also star in the 3×60′ drama, written by Peter Bowker and produced by Kudos Film and Television.

The cast also includes Rachael Stirling, Gemma Jones, Robert Emms, Bryan Dick, Radoslaw Kaim, Shabana Azmi, and Zrinka Cvitešić.

The story, set on a single street in south London, tells of a road transformed by soaring property prices: what was once the home of modest lower-middle class families, Pepys Road has been continuously gentrified into a street of multi-million pound houses.

Bowker executive produces with Derek Wax, and Lucy Richer. Matt Strevens is the producer.

Filming has begun in London.

BBC One sets up The Moorside Project

BBC One will go behind the headlines with a two-part drama about the public reaction to the disappearance of a schoolgirl.

BBC One

BBC One

Shannon Matthews was just nine when she vanished from her home on the Moorside estate in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, in February 2008.

She was found 24 days later at the home of Michael Donovan, who was later jailed alongside the girl’s mother for kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice.

In The Moorside Project (working title), the team behind award-winning Appropriate Adult will now reveal how a group of ordinary women brought their community together to find the missing girl – and the impact when it was revealed the disappearance was faked with the knowledge of her mother.

Produced by ITV Studios, writer Neil McKay executive produces with Jeff Pope.

Filming will begin later this year.

EastEnders’ Kat and Alfie go solo

EastEnders characters Kat and Alfie are getting their own spin-off drama.

Kat and Alfie

Kat and Alfie

The pair are leaving Albert Square later this year, but not BBC One, which has commissioned a six-part series following the on/off lovers played by Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie.

The new series is created by EastEnders executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins, and will be written and produced by the EastEnders team.

Filming will begin this autumn and it will air on BBC One in 2016.

BBC head of drama exits for JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot

The BBC has begun its search for a new controller of drama commissioning after Ben Stephenson confirmed he will join JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions.

Ben Stephenson

Ben Stephenson

Stephenson will take up the position of head of television with the US firm, whose hits include Lost and Person of Interest.

Appointed to lead BBC Drama in 2008, Stephenson has overseen a remarkable slate of series totalling more than 450 hours.

His recent credits include Sherlock, Call the Midwife, Luther, Happy Valley, The Missing, and Wolf Hall.