BBC director of content Charlotte Moore has unveiled a slate of new drama commissions for BBC1 at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

Actress Thandie Newton is to guest star in the fourth series of Jed Mercurio’s hit drama Line of Duty when it moves to BBC1 next year, produced by World Productions. Filming starts in Belfast next month. 
Also from World Productions and Jed Mercurio is Bodyguard, a new six-part drama series. Created and written by Mercurio, Bodyguard is a contemporary thriller featuring the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch (RaSP) of London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

BBC1 has also greenlit an adaptation of young adult novel Noughts and Crosses.
Malorie Blackman’s story of first love in a dangerous, adrenalized fictional dystopia is to be adapted by Levi David Addai with Matthew Graham and produced by Mammoth Screen.

Meanwhile, Red Production is making new Scottish drama Trust Me  – an original character-led thriller written by Dan Sefton.

The four part drama series set in Edinburgh tells the story of Cathy, a hardworking and skilled nurse, who, having lost her job for whistleblowing, is forced to take drastic measures to provide for her daughter.
Also on the drama slate is The Split – a new original drama series from Bafta winning writer Abi Morgan (River, Suffragette, The Hour) and Bafta winning executive producer Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, River, Humans), produced by Sister Pictures.
The Split examines the fast paced circuit of high-powered female divorce lawyers through the lens of three sisters – Hannah, Nina and the youngest, Rose. Hannah and Nina are leading divorce and family law lawyers working for rival firms, whilst Rose is still searching for her place in life.

Staff Reporter

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