Drama

In conversation with Jeff Pope

Starring Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton, A Confession, is based on the true story of Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, who breached police protocol to catch a killer, costing him his career.

As the writer of dramas including Mrs BiggsLittle Boy Blue and Cilla, Jeff will also discuss highlights from his award-winning career. Filled with clips and stories, this promises to be an evening not to be missed.

Anatomy of a Hit: Line of Duty

The critically acclaimed second series hit our screens in 2014 and realising they had a hit on their hands, the BBC commissioned two more that year. Having become the most popular drama series broadcast on BBC Two in the multi-channel era, Line of Duty made the jump to BBC One.

 With filming for series five underway and fans eagerly anticipating the return of the AC-12 team in 2019, Line of Duty is widely recognised as the decade’s best British drama series.

Stephen Graham boards adaptation of The North Water

Captain Brownlee (Stephen Graham) in The North Water (Credit: BBC/Harpooner Films Limited/Dean Rogers)

The North Water is set during the late 1850s and follows a disgraced army surgeon, Patrick Sumner (O’Connell), who attempts to flee from his past by joining a whaling expedition in the Arctic.

Led by Captain Brownlee (Graham) and the ship’s owner Baxter (Courtenay), Sumner serves on the Volunteer as the ship’s medic.

Sumner’s quest for redemption takes a brutal turn when he encounters cruel harpooner Henry Drax (Colin Farrell), whose indifference towards killing reflects the harshness of the Arctic wasteland they’re sailing towards.

First look at new Sky comedy starring Maisie Williams

Kim Stokes (Maisie Williams) in Two Weeks to Live (Credit: Sky/Nick Wall)

The drama follows strange young misfit Kim (Williams), who was just a child when her father passed away in mysterious circumstances.

Following the tragedy, Kim was whisked off to a secluded setting by her mother Tina (Sian Clifford) and raised with a bizarre set of survival skills.

Now an adult, Kim journeys out into the real world to fulfil a secret mission to honour her father’s memory.

The creators of Britannia talk making history at RTS screening

Tom Butterworth, Annabel Scholey, Jez Butterworth, Eleanor Worthington Cox and James Richardson (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

But the makers of Sky Atlantic’s Britannia starring David Morrissey, Mackenzie Crook and Zoe Wanamaker took a more imaginative and freewheeling approach to their costume creation. 

The series is set approximately 2000 years ago when the Romans are attempting to stamp their bloody authority on a tribal land made up of Celts and Druids.

First look at Channel 4 drama Deadwater Fell starring David Tennant

Matthew McNulty and David Tennant (credit: Channel 4)

The four-part series will follow the aftermath of the shocking murder of a seemingly perfect family at the hands of one of their trusted friends. The small Scottish town of Kirkdarroch is rocked by the incident, as mistrust and suspicion begin to run rife.

David Tennant (Broadchurch) plays Tom, a local GP and respected member of the community, who is married to local primary school teacher Kate, played by Anna Madeley (The Crown). Both lovingly care for their three young daughters.

Watch the trailer for The Crown’s third series

Olivia Colman as HRM Queen Elizabeth II (Credit: Sophie Mutevelian)

The series takes place during a rapidly changing Britain that faces a failing financial climate and the rise of political agendas against royalism.

The new trailer opens with The Queen reflecting on her reign and the inner tensions within the Royal family as they endure personal struggles in service of their subjects.

Jeff Pope reflects on his TV career in screenwriting

Martin Freeman in A Confession (Credit: ITV)

You could be forgiven for thinking that Jeff Pope was obsessed by the macabre. Why else would he be drawn to such odious topics as the Moors murders, serial killer Fred West or Britain’s last hangman, Albert Pierrepoint?

He puts it like this: “If drama is about conflict, which it is, you’re looking for the extremes of conflict. Those areas are love, fate and, I would argue, crime.

“I am not a depressive person or ghoulish but it’s the old journalist in me: there’s a good story in it.”

BBC commissions new Scottish drama Guilt

Mark Bonnar and Jamie Sives in Guilt (credit: BBC)

The four-part series will follow Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe) and Jamie Sives (Chernobyl) as brothers Max and Jake, who unintentionally run over and kill an old man called Walter.

As Jake is uninsured and under the influence, his successful and seemingly more responsible brother Max convinces him to cover-up the accident.

However, when relatives and neighbours begin to suspect that Walter hasn’t passed away through natural causes, the consequences of their actions come back to haunt them in ways that neither could have imagined.