The BBC have announced a new five-part series The Secrets (5×30 films) from writer/director Dominic Savage, whose last BBC1 drama series was True Love starring David Tennant and Billie Piper. Each is an explosive story with a secret at the heart of it. Dominic Savage is directing all five episodes, working with four of Britain’s best upcoming writers fresh to television drama.
The strand, which will energise creativity and support new talent, announces the writers as: Elinor Cook, Nick Payne, Ben Ockrent and Sarah Solemani, and confirms BAFTA-winning writer and director Dominic Savage (True Love, Freefall, Dive) will direct all five episodes.
Dominic Savage says: “I am delighted to be part of this new strand which really illustrates what the BBC stands for. Working with new and talented writers along with the best actors the UK has to offer is a real privilege and I can’t wait to get started.”
Nick Payne’s first of two episodes will premier with a stellar cast including; Olivia Colman (The 7.39, Exile, Broadchurch), Alison Steadman (The Syndicate, Gavin & Stacey) and Steve Oram (Sightseers).
Each series takes an inciting incident, and from this starting point, five different stories are told, in five distinctive and original voices.
Episode one by Elinor Cook and tells the story of a man who is married to two women, and, living a secret double life between them, is exposed. It explores whether monogamy is ever a realistic proposition.
Episode two by Nick Payne and stars. Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins, was nominated in 2012 for the Olivier Award for Best New Play. His first episode, starring Olivia Colman, Alison Steadman and Steve Oram, tells the story of a vet expecting her first child, who has all the chemicals to put pets to sleep, and a mother who is chronically ill and wanting to die.
Episode three is from newcomer by Ben Ockrent. His episodes centres around A girl turns up out of the blue claiming to be an unknown sister to a boy, but things are not quite what they seem.
Episode four by Nick Payne. In Nick Payne’s second episode, a police officer is having an affair with his brother’s wife. When the brother returns from a period away the betrayal leads to an unlikely confrontation.
Episode five by Sarah Solemani Best known for her role as Rosie Gulliver in BBC Three comedy Bad Education and playing Becky in BBC3’s Him & Her. Sarah’s writing talents span theatre, TV, film and radio, including plays that have been showcased at the Old Vic and Soho Theatre. Episode five joins a bride on the eve of her wedding when she discovers her fiancé was once accused of a shocking crime.
Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, adds: “It’s great to welcome back Dominic Savage to BBC One, who will direct all five films which provide a unique opportunity to work with four of Britain’s best upcoming writers fresh to television drama.”
Lucy Richer, Commissioning Editor for BBC Drama, adds: “With the creative hand of Dominic Savage and his unique collaborative way of working, The Secrets will bring critically acclaimed and outstanding voices, writing original pieces, to screen on BBC One.”
The Secrets will shoot from Thursday 23 January in London for five weeks and transmit on BBC One later this year.