Heyday Television, Mainstreet Pictures, The Forge and STV Productions have all bagged commissions for new BBC1 dramas.

The shows have been commissioned by drama controller Piers Wenger and director of content Charlotte Moore.

Gold Digger is written and created by Marnie Dickens (Thirteen) and produced by Mainstreet Pictures. It tells the story of a wealthy 60 year old woman as she falls in love with  a man 25 years her junior and the impact their unconventional relationship has on her family.

Gold Digger is a 6X60’ drama series written by Marnie Dickens. Executive producers are Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes for Mainstreet Pictures, Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC One and Marnie Dickens.
Dark Mon£y is a new four part drama by writer Levi David Addai (Damilola, Our Loved Boy), produced by The Forge, Dark Mon£y sees an ordinary London family decide to accept a substantial pay-off from a renowned filmmaker to keep silent about the abuse of their youngest son.

Dark Mon£y is a 4X60’ drama series written by Levi David Addai. Executive Producers are George Faber and Mark Pybus for The Forge, Lucy Richer for BBC One and Levi David Addai.
The Capture is produced by Heyday Television and NBCUniversal International Studios and is written and directed by Ben Chanan (Cyberbully). A surveillance thriller set in London, The Capture begins with the unjust arrest of an innocent man and soon escalates into a multi-layered conspiracy of manipulated evidence.

The Capture is a 6×60’ series written by Ben Chanan. Executive Producers are David Heyman and Rosie Alison for Heyday Television, Ben Irving for BBC One, Tom Coan for NBCUniversal International Studios and Ben Chanan. It will be distributed by NBCUniversal International Distribution.
Elizabeth Is Missing is based on the best-selling novel by Emma Healey, written by Andrea Gibb (Swallows and Amazons) and made by STV Productions. Elizabeth is Missing combines a mystery with an exploration of one woman’s struggle with dementia. When her best friend Elizabeth goes missing, Maud sets out to solve the mystery.

Elizabeth is Missing is a 1 x 90’ drama written by Andrea Gibb, adapted from Emma Healey’s novel. Executive Producers are Sarah Brown and Andrea Gibb for STV Productions and Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Gaynor Holmes for BBC ONE.

Casting for the four dramas will be announced in the coming months.

Piers Wenger, said: “I’m delighted to announce four new drama commissions for BBC One with a real emphasis on compelling, contemporary subject matter from writers with a strong diversity of voice. From Marnie Dickens’ explosive new family drama Gold Digger to Levi David Addai’s timely and provocative morality tale Dark Mon£y, to Ben Chanan’s electric conspiracy thriller The Capture and Andrea Gibbs’ part-detective story Elizabeth is Missing, each of these four dramas demonstrate a commitment to telling stories about life in Britain now. We are honoured to be working with such fresh and original voices to bring them to life.”

Charlotte Moore, said: “Marnie Dickens, Levi David Addai, Andrea Gibb and Ben Chanan are among the UK’s most exciting writing talent whose originality and flair will bring a bold new flavour to BBC One through their four different contemporary British stories. These new shows will stir emotions and get the nation talking because BBC One drama is at its best when it takes on subjects with heart that resonate with modern Britain.”

Jon Creamer

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