During last night’s preview of BBC One’s Autumn and Winter Season, the channel’s controller Charlotte Moore announced a raft of new commissions. Amongst them were five new dramas which are all expected to debut on the channel some time over the next year.
Troy – Fall of A City sees David Farr retell the story of the fall of Troy and the collapse of a family. Told from the perspective of the Trojan family at the heart of the siege, Farr’s psychologically rich and sweeping narrative goes back to the saga’s origins; the judgement of Paris, his passionate elopement with Helen and the ill-starred prophecy surounding his birth.
This multi-part series is set to convey the big themes of human existence, horror and heroism, of people battling to retain their humanity and compassion amid the chaos, devastation and destruction of war.
Hanif Kureishi is to adapt ER Braithwaite’s autobiographical novel To Sir With Love for a new one-off ninety minute film. The story follows Guyanese engineer Ricky Braithwaite as he is de-mobbed from the RAF to find a cold welcome in Britain. Braithwaite takes a job as a teacher at an unconventional ‘free’ school in the East End where he faces a class of unruly white working class kids who test him to his limits.
Following the successful adaptation of her novel The Casual Vacancy this year, BBC One are set to adapt more of JK Rowling’s work for the small screen. This time they’ll be tackling The Comoran Strike Mysteries which Rowling wrote under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith and just like The Casual Vacancy they’ll be adapted by Sarah Phelps.
Steeped in the atmosphere of contemporary London, Cormoran Strike’s city is far from the bright lights and frenetic bustle, immersed instead in its darker, murkier side. War veteran turned private detective, Strike investigates shocking crimes together with his female assistant Robin, whose forensic mind and fierce determination he cannot ignore. The murders take them from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the literary haunts of Fitzrovia, exposing the seedy reality lurking beneath seemingly innocent societies. With each crime, they discover a little more about each other and both learn that appearances can be deceptive.
After penning The Village, Peter Moffat will again be setting a series in the past as he presents a series based on his own childhood memories. The Last Post explores Moffat’s father’s life as an officer in the Royal Military Police and his mother’s struggle between being what the army required her to be and what she felt like being. The Last Post attempts to tell the story of a British army unit fighting a terrorist insurgency in the Middle East and the women and children who were there with them.
Finally, Matt Charman will be adapting Mark Billingham’s novel Rush of Blood for a three-part series. The story involves three couples returning from their holiday in Florida only to learn that one of them must have been responsible for a murder.
As well as the new drama commissions Charlotte Moore announced that 2016 will see BBC One celebrate their comedy heritage as they’ll celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of Hancock’s Half Hour. This celebration of comedy will also include a live episode of Mrs Brown’s Boys and a documentary championing the career of Peter Kay.