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BBC One orders new medical drama ‘Doctor Foster’

BBC One has announced the commission of Doctor Foster, a new medical drama series by British playwright Mike Bartlett. The channel has ordered five 60-minute episodes. Creator Mike Bartlett commented: “My ambition with Doctor Foster is to put an intelligent, empowered woman at the centre of the drama and give her a huge battle to...

BBC One orders Lenny Henry drama ‘Danny and the Human Zoo’

Lenny Henry has written a one-off fictionalised account of his life as a working-class teenager in 1970s Dudley. Danny and the Human Zoo centres round Danny Fearon, a talented impressionist, and his working-class Jamaican family, as he rises to fame as a stand-up comedian. The 90-minute drama is described as “a high-energy, nostalgic period piece...

‘Mr Selfridge’ will return for Series 3 in 2015

ITV has announced the re-commission of Mr Selfridge for a third series. Inspired by the life of charismatic American entrepreneur, Harry Gordon Selfridge, and his business in London’s Oxford Street, the period drama’s second series is currently airing at 9pm on Sunday nights on ITV, averaging 6.4 million viewers (21.6% share) so far. Series 2...

‘Wizards Vs Aliens’ Series 3 confirmed

CBBC has re-commissioned Wizards Vs Aliens for a third series. Created by Russell T Davies (Doctor Who) and Phil Ford (The Sarah Jane Adventures), the fantasy adventure drama’s new series return to CBBC for ten new episodes in late 2014 or early 2015. Series 3 will see Tom and Benny come face to face with...

BBC One orders new surveillance crime drama ‘The Interceptor’

Jo Joyner and Trevor Eve will star in BBC One’s The Interceptor. Created by Strike Back writer Tony Saint, the new eight-part series is about a top secret, state-of-the-art law enforcement team whose mission is to hunt down some of Britain’s most dangerous criminals. > Like The Interceptor on Facebook. The cast also includes O-T...

Steve Pemberton to apapt EF Benson’s ‘Mapp and Lucia’ for BBC One

BBC One has announced a new adaptation of EF Benson’s Mapp and Lucia. Set in the small English town of Tilling, the comic drama takes place in the summer of 1930, celebrating and lampooning the snobberies and pretensions of small town life. > Order Mapp and Lucia on DVD on Amazon. Mapp and Lucia is...

Aidan Turner to lead BBC One’s new ‘Poldark’ adaptation

The Hobbit’s Aidan Turner has been cast as Ross Poldark in BBC One’s new adaptation of Winston Graham’s acclaimed Poldark saga. Set in 18th century Cornwall, Poldark is adapted by Debbie Horsfield. Being Human star Turner commented: “I’m very excited to play Ross Poldark for the BBC and it’s obviously a huge challenge to honour...

‘Call The Midwife’ will return for Series 4 in 2015

BBC One has re-commissioned Call the Midwife for a fourth series. Series 4 will be set in 1960 and, as a new decade dawns, with it come different and exciting challenges for the team at Nonnatus House. Can the nuns and midwives hold onto their traditional values in a rapidly changing world? The third series...

Toby Jones to star in BBC Two true life drama ‘Marvellous’

BBC Two has ordered a one-off drama about a man once labelled with ‘learning difficulties’ whose life defies limitations. Written by Peter Bowker (Occupation, Eric and Ernie), Marvellous tells the story of Neil Baldwin, who Bowker learned of in a 2010 article in The Guardian and immediately felt he had to meet. Bowker revealed: “I...