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Thursday, 25 July 2019

BBC announce new drama 'Best Interests.'


BBC One has announced a four-part drama Best Interests from acclaimed writer Jack Thorne. 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?

Written by Jack Thorne, whose recent credits include The Virtues, National Treasure and Kiri, This Is England ’86, ’89, ’90 (Channel 4) and the upcoming BBC One/HBO adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

Jack Thorne says: “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 Piers Wenger and the BBC again and to be part of the great folk at Chapter One Pictures. ”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says: “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.”


Casting will be announced in due course.

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