BBC announces new kitchen drama Boiling Point based on the film of the same name.
The film followed Andy (Stephen Graham), a head chef at upmarket London restaurant Jones & Sons struggling to cope during one of the busiest days of the year.
Using drugs and alcohol to handle the pressure and intensity, Andy deals with a customer’s severe allergic reaction, a Health and Safety downgrade by two stars, a £200,000 loan, his sous chef Carly (Vinette Robinson) quitting, plus his own personal demons.
The film ended on a cliffhanger with Andy deciding to check into rehab to deal with his addictions, but towards the end of the night collapsing in the restaurant.
The five-part drama will begin six months on from where the film ended and will focus on Carly, who is now head chef at her own restaurant. Stephen Graham will reprise his role as Andy and Hannah Walters as pastry chef Emily.
The film was praised for being shot in one continuous take and although the series will not be, it will include long shots to replicate the film’s natural style.
Produced by Matriarch Productions, executive producers Stephen Graham and Hannah Walters commented: “The incredible reaction to the film, its story and specifically the characters along with the huge desire to know more and delve deeper into their worlds has led us to create a drama series with the BBC in which we will keep the audience gripped, intrigued and involved in each of the characters’ journeys.
“To be able to explore and go on a journey with our established and new characters will be a rollercoaster of feelings and emotions, but a rollercoaster you will want to keep getting back on. Our aim is to make powerful drama which reflects social realism, raising real-life issues which have an effect on each and every one of us.”
The series will be directed by Philip Barantini who will also serve as co-writer with James Cummings.
Filming for Boiling Point will commence in early 2023.