The new BBC1 controller has spoken of her vision for the channel at Edinburgh Television Festival. Charlotte Moore, who took on the job recently made her first public appearance to answer questions and set goals for the nation’s favourite channel.
Charlotte Moore says: “I’ve inherited the channel in a great place, 2012 was a record-breaking year for BBC One and it remains Britain’s most-watched channel so far this year, with by far the biggest reach of any other. My focus is to build on that success and ensure BBC One remains the nation’s favourite.
“My vision for BBC One is all about storytelling. Under my leadership, I want to bring warm-hearted storytelling that celebrates the richness and complexities of life in new and surprising ways. I intend to look under the bonnet of every genre to make sure we are bringing audiences distinctive, innovative and pioneering television.”
Charlotte adds: “It’s important to me that all our audiences have an emotional connection with the channel. I want BBC One to be part of their lives and our programmes to become part of the national conversation. I want viewers to feel that their licence fee is being well spent on quality programmes. BBC One needs to offer something for everyone, every week of the year and that is what I’m committed to.”
She concludes: “I’m very excited about the big Autumn coming up on BBC One. Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly return to Strictly Come Dancing next month with an inspired line-up. There is an ambitious range of original British drama to look forward to with What Remains, Atlantis, Truckers, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special and Last Tango 2. Plus, in comedy, a second series of Citizen Khan and a bold new Natural History series called Hidden Kingdoms.”
Despite having only been in post a few weeks, Charlotte Moore exclusively announces a number of early, new commissions that begin to set the tone for what we can expect to see during her tenure.
Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot
Dame Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman to star in Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, a single film for BBC One adapted by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, made by Endor Productions. Produced by BAFTA-winner Hilary Bevan Jones and directed by Dearbhla Walsh who won an Emmy for Little Dorrit (2009).
Charlotte Moore says: “It’s an honour to have Dame Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman starring in this wonderful new adaptation. It’s absolutely stellar casting for one of the nation’s favourite children’s classics.”
BAFTA and Emmy-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst returns to BBC One with a new six-part drama series from Red Production Company.
Set in a car showroom, Ordinary Lies focuses on a group of compelling characters all dealing with every day dilemmas and what happens when the lies people tell to keep their heads above water spin out of control with sometimes tragic, sometimes funny consequences. The executive producer is Nicola Shindler.
Charlotte Moore says: “Danny Brocklehurst is one of our most talented storytellers and a master at making the ordinary cross over into the extraordinary. Set in the colourful and competitive world of car sales, Ordinary Lies is full of surprising twists and turns, a roller coaster of a ride for our audience.”
Talk To The Animals
Talk To The Animals sees real life Dr Doolittle Lucy Cooke on a mission to answer one of life’s mysteries – can we really talk to animals?
Produced by Boundless (part of FremantleMedia UK) for BBC One, this two-part series follows zoologist Lucy as she takes an in-depth look into the world of animal communication, travelling across the globe to debunk long-held myths and open our eyes to what animals can teach us. Meeting up with scientists who specialise in decoding animal communication, Lucy will be exploring their methods and translating their findings to reveal just how complex animal ‘speak’ really is.
From compiling a chimp dictionary, chatting up fire flies, learning the names of dolphins and even holding a meeting with hippos, Lucy will be getting up close and personal with these very special species to prove that animals use grammar, pack a lot of information into their sentences and have pretty good social lives. In fact they’re more like us than we ever imagined.
Charlotte Moore says: “Lucy Cooke is an exciting new face for the channel, bringing a unique wit and insatiable curiosity to natural history programming. Have you ever wondered whether spiders can talk to each other or whether monkeys gossip? Lucy invites us all to think about the natural world in new and surprising ways you haven’t thought of before.”