BBC One orders new Jack Thorne drama, Best Interests

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The BBC has teamed with Jack Thorne again for Best Interests, and we’ve got everything you need to know about this upcoming British drama right here…

BAFTA-winner Jack Thorne, of course, has written loads of high profile stuff: The Virtues, National Treasure, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, and the upcoming His Dark Materials series all bear his creative fingerprints.

Consisting of four episodes that will film next year, Thorne’s Best Interests is described by the BBC as “a compelling, thought-provoking original drama.”

The Beeb’s official press bumf also offers this summary: “This is a story of a family driven apart by having to make choices no parent would ever want to make. Andrew and Nicci’s daughter, Marnie, has a life-threatening condition. The doctors believe it is in her best interests to be allowed to die, but her loving family disagree. And so begins a fight that will take them through every stage of a legal process, as they struggle to contemplate this huge decision. Who decides? And in whose best interests will it be?”

Thorne says this about the project: “As a parent of a three year old I’ve looked at the cases in the media about ‘best interests’ with some fascination and a little dread. When the worst happens, how do you keep your head when everything around you feels wrong? We are going to try and tell a nuanced story that talks about this issue from all sides. I’m so happy to be working with [BBC drama controller] Piers Wenger and the BBC again and to be part of the great folk at Chapter One Pictures.”

Piers Wenger adds: “This heart-breaking story delves deep into the inner turmoil these two parents experience when faced with their worst nightmare. Jack Thorne’s talent for tackling the most complex and challenging real life stories with consideration, wisdom and vision will make this a series to remember.”

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.