The BBC has unveiled a huge new slate of dramas. Here are the details:
The crime series returns for a two-part special, with Idris Elba reprising his role as the eponymous murder detective. It is created and written by Neil Cross, and executive produced by ElizabethKilgarrif for BBC Drama Production England. Filming will take place in London in March ahead of its premiere next year. It will also air on BBC America, which coproduces the series.
Against the backdrop of a horrific double murder that rocks the lives of two families living side by side in rural Scotland, this series explores the fallout for the grieving relatives and the consequences that threaten to shatter their lives. Written by Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing), it is produced by BBC Drama Production, BBC Scotland, and Two Brothers Pictures. The executive producers are Christopher Aird and Harry and Jack Williams.
Based on the novel by Len Deighton, SS-GB is a thriller set in 1940s London, which is under Nazi occupation after Germany wins the Battle of Britain. A Scotland Yard detective faces working under the SS faces the dilemma of whether to collaborate or join the resistance. It is written by Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, and produced by Sid Gentle Films. The executive producers are Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, and Lucy Richer.
Created and written by Julie Gearey (Prisoners’ Wives) and produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, cop show Cuffs will be the first new drama series commissioned for BBC One’s 8pm slot in more than eight years. The series portrays the everyday life of being a police officer in the UK, focusing on the relationships between the officers and detectives and the impact their job has on their personal lives. Set in Brighton, it is executive produced by Gearey, Will Gould and Polly Hill.
Adapted from the Joseph Conrad novel set in 1886 London, a shopkeeper who works as a secret agent for the Russian government is coerced into planting a bomb that will provoke the British authorities to crack down on extremists. Caught between the Russians and the British police, he reluctantly draws his own family into a tragic terror plot. Written by Tony Marchant, it is produced by World Productions. The executive producers are Simon Heath and Polly Hill.
- Undercover (working title, 6×60′)
A political thriller about the first black Director of Public Prosecutions who discovers her husband and the father of her children has been lying to her for years. Written by Peter Moffat, it is executive produced by Hilary Salmon for BBC Drama Production England.
The A Word (Israel)
The story of a family who find they must learn how to communicate with each other after the youngest son is diagnosed with autism. Written by Peter Bowker, it is based on the Israeli format from Keshet International and July-August Productions, which was created and written by Keren Margalit. The series is produced by Fifthy Fathoms, Tiger Aspect Productions, and Keshet UK. The executive producers are Bowker, Margalit, Patrick Spence, Sara Johnson, Avi Nir, and Lucy Richer. Filming is due to begin in 2015 for a 2016 debut.
Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen will star in this adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s play, inspired by his own experiences as a dresser to actor-manager DonaldWolfit. It is produced by Playground Entertainment and Sonia Friedman Productions, and executive produced by Colin Callender, Sonia Friedman, and Ben Stephenson. The director is Richard Eyre.
Jane Campion’s drama returns for a second season, written by Campion and Gerard Lee. Whereas the first season was set in New Zealand, this new run will be set in Sydney, Australia.
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