Weinstein Co calls for War and Peace

The BBC has a new ally for its forthcoming drama War and Peace.

War and Peace

War and Peace

The Weinstein Company has joined BBC Cymru Wales Drama, BBC Worldwide and Lookout Point on the production, which is an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel.

Andrew Davies is scripting the drama, which will be available in 6×60′ and 8×44′ cuts.

The series will be executive produced by Faith Penhale, head of drama at BBC Cymru Wales and George Ormond for BBC Wales, Davies, Simon Vaughan for Lookout Point and Harvey Weinstein for The Weinstein Company.

It is due to air on BBC One in 2015.

BBC One sails down River

The Hour writer Abi Morgan is behind a new six-part drama for BBC One.



River (6×60′) follows brilliant police officer John River, a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest.

Morgan created, writes and executive produces the series, which is produced by Kudos Film and Television.

Other executive producers are Jane Featherstone, Manda Levin and Lucy Richer.

Filming will begin in London next year and River will air in 2015.

Endemol Studios falls into a Spiral

Endemol Studios in the US is to produce an English language adaptation of gritty French crime drama Engrenages (aka Spiral).



The original series, which premiered on French pay TV network Canal+ and was later acquired by BBC Four in the UK, follows a murder investigation and reveals the cooperation, conflict, transgression and corruption within the French legal system from the perspective of the lead characters: a police captain and her two lieutenants, a judge, a prosecutor, and a defence lawyer.

The fifth season of Engrenages is set to air in 2014, with work on season six already underway.

Engrenages, produced by Son et Lumière in association with Canal+, is produced by Vassili Clert and Daniel Dubois.

Endemol Studios is Endemol North America’s LA-based scripted studio operation that has produced AMC’s Hell On Wheels and Low Winter Sun and ABC’s Red Widow.

BBC acquires Aids drama

BBC Four has picked up a three-part Swedish drama that will air to coincide with World Aids Day.

Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves (3×60) is set in Stockholm in the 1980s and follows two men who fall in love after meeting at a party. But young men start to get sick and die from Aids, nothing will ever be the same again.

Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves

Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves

It is directed by Simon Kaijser and written by author Jonas Gardell, after his series of books with the same title. It is produced in-house by SVT with Maria Nordenberg as executive producer.

The series will air later this year on BBC Four.

Gatiss directs The Tractate Middoth

Actor and writer Mark Gatiss will make his directorial debut in a one-off drama for BBC Two.

Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss

The Tractate Middoth (1×30), an adaptation of MR James’s short story, sees John Eldred seeks out the help of young Mr Garrett in his search for a seemingly obscure Hebrew text. But there is something unusual about this book and something not entirely scholarly about Eldred’s intentions. Soon, Garrett’s hunt for the Tractate Middoth provokes terrifying apparitions in the library and a vengeful menace from beyond the grave.

The cast will include Sacha Dhawan, John Castle, Louise Jameson and Una Stubbs.

The Tractate Middoth will be executive produced by Damon Thomas for Can Do Productions, and Mark Bell, commissioning editor for arts for the BBC.

The series producers are Susie Liggat for Can Do Productions and John Das for the BBC.

It is due to air this Christmas.

BBC finds A Poet in New York

Tom Hollander will take the lead in a biopic drama about the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas for BBC Two.

Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas

A Poet in New York, written by Andrew Davies and produced by Modern Television, will mark the centenary of Thomas’s birth by exploring how he died in the US city in 1953, aged 39.

It also stars Essie Davis, Ewen Bremner and Phoebe Fox, and is directed by Aisling Walsh.

A Poet In New York is produced by Ruth Caleb. The executive producers are Griff Rhys Jones and Rob Warr for Modern Television and Faith Penhale and Bethan Jones for BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Two.

Filming has begun in Cardiff and Laugharne. A Poet In New York will air on BBC One Wales and BBC Two next year.

BBC Three wants justice

BBC Three has ordered a one-off factual drama as part of its forthcoming Justice season.

BBC Three

BBC Three

My Man (1×60′, working title) is based on the murder of a 21-year-old woman by her boyfriend.

The film explores domestic abuse within teenage and young people’s relationships in line with recent research that reflects an increase in the reporting of domestic abuse in this age group.

My Man is a BBC in-house production executive produced by Darren Kemp, produced by Pier Wilkie and directed by Bruce Goodison.

Source: BBC

BBC Two acquires Generation War

BBC Two has picked up rights to Generation War, the German war drama that has won comparisons to HBO’s epic series Band of Brothers.

Generation War

Generation War

The 3×90′ series becomes the first foreign language drama to air on the network since season two of The Kingdom in 2001.

Generation War depicts the lives of five German friends between 1941 and 1945 – two brothers who become Wehrmacht soldiers, a singer, a nurse, and their Jewish friend.

The series drew record ratings for local broadcaster ZDF and sparked a nationwide discussion about the role of ordinary Germans during World War Two.

TeamWorx produced Generation War for ZDF and Austrian broadcaster ORF in association with Beta Film. The worldwide distributor is Beta Film in cooperation with Arrow Films in the UK.

Source: BBC

BBC One tells Ordinary Lies

UK public broadcaster BBC One has ordered a new six-part drama about the staff of a car showroom.



Ordinary Lies, written by Danny Brocklehurst, follows a group of characters dealing with everyday dilemmas and what happens when the lies people tell spin out of control.

It is produced by Red Production Company and the executive producer is Nicola Shindler.

BBC One has also ordered a one-off film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story Esio Trot.

Dustin Hoffman will star as Mr Hoppy, a retired bachelor who harbours a secret passion for his neighbour, Mrs Silver, to be played by Judi Dench.

Dahl’s novel will be adapted by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer for Endor Productions. Hilary Bevan Jones is the producer and Dearbhla Walsh is directing.

Red Arrow International will hold distribution rights to Esio Trot.

Source: BBC

BBC America celebrates Miracle Day

BBC America will complete its collection of Torchwood series after picking up cable network rights to the most recent series of the Doctor Who spin-off.

Torchwood: Miracle Day

Torchwood: Miracle Day

The network previously launched Torchwood in 2007 and later premiered Torchwood: Children of Earth in 2009.

It will now air Torchwood: Miracle Day, after acquiring the ten-part series from BBC Worldwide. It was originally produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for US premium cable channel Starz and the BBC in the UK, and aired on Starz in 2011.

The story sees Torchwood investigate why suddenly, no one can die. The cast reunites John Barrowman and Eve Myles with Mekhi Phifer and Alexa Havins.

Torchwood: Miracle Day will debut on BBC America onSeptember 14.

The series was created by Russell T Davies and executive produced by Davies, Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter.

Source: BBC America