Dickens is the writer behind BBC Three drama Thirteen, the channel’s flagship programme following its move online
The show follows 26-year old Ivy Moxam (Jodie Comer) who finds her way home 13 years after she was abducted on her way from school.
“There [were] several other projects in development around the same time of someone being captured and escaping,” recalls Dickens. “But most of them were told that way: captured and escaping.”
“We basically started where a show might end and tried [to] be as forward-looking as possible.”