Drama

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.

RTS Student Masterclasses: Drama with Sophie Petzal

She shared the pleasure and pain of writing drama with EastEnders boss John Yorke at this year’s RTS Student Programme Masterclasses. 

Script editing “was an invaluable way to learn about television production and writing … Having that ‘production head’ gave me an advantage in writing [my] first episode [of Wolfblood) …but I was still very much learning the ropes.”

A TV Christmas Carol

Or what about today, with Dr Who, Strictly Come Dancing, The Alternative Queen’s Speech, Coronation Street and EastEnders but also perhaps a box set.

Is the future of Christmas TV a barren land of declining audiences as we all spend Christmas day asking Alexa?

We bring you A TV Christmas Carol, a seasonal look at the enduring (or not) impact of TV on the British Christmas. A look at TV Christmas, the past, the present and yet to come…

Filming begins on BBC One's Noughts + Crosses adaptation

The six-part series will follow the love story between two teenage protagonists Sephy Hadley (Baduza) and Callum McGregor (Rowan) who are divided by the colour of their skin in a dystopian world. 

Childhood friends Sephy, a member of the black ruling class the 'Crosses' and the daughter of the Home Secretary, and Callum, a member of the white underclass the 'Noughts', must overcome violent forces trying to tear them apart as their relationship becomes more complex and romantic as they grow up. 

Emma Thompson to star in Russell T Davies drama Years and Years

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Set in a Britain rocked by political, economic and technological changes, the six-part drama follows the Lyons family as their busy live converge one night in 2019.

Over the next fifteen years, the drama tracks the twists and turns of everyday life to find out if this ordinary family can change the world.

Starring in the family saga is two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson (Love Actually) as Vivienne Rook, an outspoken and controversial public figure whose rise to power brings an uncertain future.

Elen Rhys and Julian Looman lead new BBC One daytime crime drama The Mallorca Files

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Set on the Spanish Island of Mallorca, introverted British cop Miranda Blake (Rhys) clashes with her German partner Max Winter (Looman) who is unashamedly unconventional and wears his heart on his sleeve.

Their opposing personalities play out in their crime-solving endeavours while the Police Chief Inez Villegas keeps them busy with cases her own team don’t want.

Written by Dan Sefton (The Good Karma Hospital), the new series is directed by Bryn Higgins (Black Mirror).

Casting announced for new BBC One drama Dark Mon£y

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Centred on The Mensahs from North London, Dark Mon£y tells the story of parents Manny (Ceesay) and Sam (Halfpenny) who suffer a horrific shock when their youngest child reveals he was abused by a known filmmaker while filming a Hollywood movie in America.

In an attempt to build anew, the working-class family reluctantly accept a large pay-off for their silence.

Believing themselves to be free of the hardships of pressing charges against a renowned celebrity, The Mensahs are proven wrong as accepting the pay-off leads to dark consequences.

French thriller Killer by the Lake to premiere on Channel 4

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Created by Jeanne Le Guillou and Bruno Dega, the series revisits detective Lise (Julie De Bona), whose happy family life is interrupted when two women are discovered dead within two days.

After solving the disappearance of teenage girls by Lac de Sainte-Croix three years previously, Lise has moved 200 miles away to Lac d’Annecy with her husband and son. The family's rural idyll is shattered as Lise is placed as lead detective on the new murder case.

BBC Two reveals cast for new drama The Luminaries

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Set in New Zealand during the 1860s gold rush, The Luminaires follows British adventurer Anna Wetherell (Eve Hewson) as she searches for a new beginning across the globe.

When she falls for fortune hunter Emery Staines during an encounter on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, the star-crossed lovers become entangled in a world of murder, revenge and tragedy. Especially with the not-so-pleasant Lydia Wells (Eva Green) and rich boy Francis Carver (Marton Csokas) causing trouble for the couple.

ITV commissions fourth series of Unforgotten

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The commission builds on the success of the critically-acclaimed third season, which peaked with 6.9 million viewers.

ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill, praised creator Chris Lang for his powerful and compelling writing. “We have been delighted with the reception of the first three series of Unforgotten and are thrilled to commission a fourth instalment. Chris Lang’s writing is incredibly powerful and his storytelling utterly compelling, so we have no doubt that the new case will have viewers gripped again.”