Russell T. Davies’ next TV project will be Years And Years, a family drama on the BBC that spans different periods of time. Davies – the showrunner that brought back Doctor Who in 2005 – has wowed viewers in recent weeks with his political drama starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal.
Years And Years will be based on one family, across 15 years of their lives. The plot has been summarised thusly:
“When their lives all converge on one crucial night in 2019, the story accelerates into the future, following the lives and loves of the Lyons over the next 15 years.”
“I’ve wanted to write this for 20 years or so,” Davies said in a statement. “And as the world accelerates like crazy around us, I realised I’d better get on with it.”
Davies is teaming with Red Production Company to get Years And Years made. Nicola Shindler – the founder of Red, who previously worked with Davies on Queer As Folk – said this:
“The script is fantastic, and taps into the anxieties of the climate we are currently living in, speculating how the dynamics of cultural and political change affects our lives – and the lives of our families.”
Production on Years And Years will begin later this year, with six episodes being made for the drama’s first series. It will air on BBC One in the UK, and StudioCanal (owners of Red) will distribute internationally.
We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.