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The BBC announces a raft of Great British dramas

The BBC announces a raft of Great British dramas
Pippa Considine
13 February 2013

The BBC wants its drama to be more British than ever and has announced a large number of commissions that it hopes will build on its international reputation for drama.

BBC controller of drama Ben Stephenson has signalled a new era of ambition with the arrival of a new Director General. “Lord Hall and I have had early talks about the BBC as a cultural organisation with an international reputation," he says. "That means making us more British than ever - it is about applying the Danny Boyle vision to our work - a bold, adventurous, authorial approach that exports because of its Britishness not despite it.”

New commissions include thirteen part series Atlantis for BBC one Saturday evening, created and written by Howard Overman and executive produced by the creators of Merlin Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy.

Two serials also for BBC One from Origin Pictures are adaptations of PD James' homage to Jane Austin, Death Comes To Pemberley, and Daphne Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn.

Remember Me is a three-part serial, written by Gwyneth Hughes (Five Days, The Girl, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood), made by Mammoth Screen for BBC One about a frail old Yorkshireman who is leaving his own home to move into residential care and becomes the sole witness to a violent death. His teenage care assistant tries to unravel the riddle of his strange and secretive life, and is drawn into a world of lost love and betrayal.

The executive producers are Gwyneth Hughes, and Rebecca Keane and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and Polly Hill for the BBC.

Breakdown is an eight part series for BBC One,  written by Jack Williams and Harry Williams, made by New Pictures and Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures for BBC One.

When his son is snatched on holiday in France, Tony’s exhaustive search fractures his marriage and destroys his life. Exploring the emotional cost of hope and finding when to let go, this relationship thriller shows the impact of a child’s abduction.

The executive producers are Charlie Pattinson for New Pictures, Willow Grylls and John Yorke for Company Pictures, Harry and Jack Williams for Two Brothers Pictures and Polly Hill for the BBC.

The Interceptor is another eight part series for the channel, written by Tony Saint (Margaret Thatcher: Long Walk To Finchley; Strike Back) and made by BBC Drama Productions for BBC One.

The Interceptor
is about a top secret, state of the art law enforcement team whose mission is to hunt down some of Britain’s most dangerous and ruthless criminals. The executive producer is Sarah Brown (Oliver Twist, Lark Rise To Candleford).

David Hare returns to BBC Two with the second and third parts of the trilogy Turks And Caicos and Salting The Battlefield.

Made in 2011, directed and written by David Hare, Page Eight was the first film in an intended trilogy about the British domestic security service, M15. After the death of the head of the organization, Johnny Worricker, an intelligence officer, is aware of a plot to hand control of the organization directly over to the Prime Minister, Alec Beasley. The Emmy-winning film was seen on BBC Two and PBS, and starred Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Judy Davis and Michael Gambon.

Both written and directed by Oscar Nominee David Hare, the rest of the trilogy will be produced by Carnival Films with Heyday Films, Runaway Fridge Films for the BBC.  

The executive producers are Gareth Neame (Downton Abbey, Any Human Heart) for Carnival Films, David Heyman for Heyday Films (Harry Potter series), David Barron for Runaway Fridge Films (Harry Potter series) and Christine Langan for the BBC.

For BBC Four, Burton And Taylor is 90-minute single drama, written by William Ivory (Women In Love, Bert & Dickie) and made by BBC Drama Productions for BBC Four.

Dominic West (The Hour, The Wire) and Helena Bonham Carter (Toast, Great Expectations), play the volatile ex-lovers in the story of their ill-fated appearance in a 1983 revival of Noel Coward's stage play, Private Lives.

The executive producer for the BBC is Jessica Pope. The director is Richard Laxton (Effie, Him And Her, Hancock) and the producer is Lachlan McKinnon (Silent Witness).  

Stephenson also confirmed that Neal Street's Call The Midwife will return for a third series and a Christmas Special and Red Planet's Death In Paradise will run for a third series.

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