BBC Three orders new drama ‘Thirteen’

BBC Three has announced the commission of Thirteen, a new drama series written by Marnie Dickens.

The five 60-minute episodes will tell the story of Ivy Moxham and the day she escapes from the cellar that’s been her prison for the last 13 years, returning home to her family.

Writer Marnie Dickens commented: “I’ve always been fascinated by the resilience of the human spirit in even the most extreme situations and am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this story to life on the BBC.”

Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, added: “I’m delighted Thirteen is coming to BBC Three. Marnie Dickens’ script is compelling, a real page-turner, and I’m looking forward to sharing all the plot twists and turns with the BBC Three audience.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, also teased: “Bold subject matter, a remarkable young point of view and crucially a new writer’s first original drama. Thirteen is an emotional rollercoaster with shocking twists that gives us a real opportunity to innovate on BBC Three.”

The official synopsis reads: “Thirteen explores how to pick up the threads of a life half-lived and how to survive as a family under the greatest pressure: how to feel again, chance love again. It is a psychological drama about who to trust when you can’t even trust yourself. Ivy Moxham is a young girl. Ivy Moxham is a woman. Ivy Moxham is whoever you want her to be.”

Thirteen will begin filming in and around Bristol this summer.

In the Flesh Series 2 promo

BBC Three announced last week that In the Flesh would not be returning to the channel for a third season, stating: “…there is only budget for one original drama series a year…”

Are you looking forward to Thirteen? Let us know below…

  • Marta

    Burn in hell. and 13 with you

  • kummitusnarkkari

    Heck no. I rather season 3 of ITF than some other show, thanks.

  • marc massive

    No thanks…finish what you started before starting something new. The BBC must think we’re idiots.

  • Jill

    A third season of In The Flesh is far more desirable than a random new show; it didn’t even get a proper ending.

  • Zoe

    What is the point of watching it when it will only get cancelled next year to make way for something else. By BBC3’s new one drama only policy, it is no longer worth my while getting emotionally invested with a new show

  • lucy

    ni want third season

  • Anna

    Well… sounds boring.

    You know what wasn’t boring? In the flesh. And, surprise surprise, it was still deep in exploring the topics this Thirteen seems to be all about.

  • Laura

    Yeah, surely it’s a good move to shoot a new show leaving “In The Flesh” without a conclusion. Very professional, standing ovation to the so-called professionists in the BBC3 staff! Nooooooo what? I’m not being sarcastic at all!

  • Isabelle Klein Petit

    I honestly like In The Flesh better and I really hope it will get picked up by another company. To cancel a really good drama with excellent representatio only to make another new one which doesn’t even look that good is deplorable.