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.

ITV announces new thriller from creator of Luther

Neil Cross (Credit: ITV)

Because the Night follows Nathan, a happily married man who’s well-meaning demeanour hides a terrible secret that if revealed will ruin his new life.

After spending a decade covering up his past, Nathan encounters Bob, an old face from his past, who comes to Nathan’s doorstep with shocking news that will risk exposing the skeletons in his closet.

“It’s one of my favourite stories: a tale of psychological suspense, of guilt and ghosts and murder,” said Cross.

“Our job is to make viewers want to sleep with the lights on.”

BBC One announces Windrush scandal drama

Stephen S. Thompson (Credit: BBC)

Set in 2016, Sitting in Limbo chronicles Anthony Bryan’s struggle to be recognised as a British Citizen, after he discovers there is no paperwork to support this, despite having lived in the UK since he was eight years old.

Bryan has to leave his job, and finds himself being forcibly removed from his home and detained as an illegal immigrant.

The life-shattering story has been dramatised by Anthony Bryan’s brother, Stephen S. Thompson.

Watch the new trailer for the final series of Poldark

The highly anticipated last instalment will return to screens later this month to conclude Poldark's journey. 

The trailer shows Ross Poldark return to Westminster to challenge the king in an attempt to save his friend, while Cornwall appears to descend into chaos. Elsewhere, George Warleggan is still grieving the loss of his wife Elizabeth and, after escaping her abusive husband and finally marrying her love Drake Carne, there's trouble ahead for Morwenna as the teaser shows her distraught as she holds onto her stomach.

Watch the RTS Student Television Awards 2019 films

The awards celebrate the best of student television talent, showcasing undergraduate and postgraduate films from 23 universities.

The films were awarded in the categories Animation, Comedy & Entertainment, Drama, Factual, News and Short Form, as well as the craft skills categories Camerawork, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Writing. 

Click here to read the full list of winners

 

Top writers discuss their craft: “First drafts don’t have to be perfect, they just have to be written"

Reece Shearsmith, Jed Mercurio, Melvyn Bragg (Chair), Heidi Thomas and Steve Pemberton (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Melvyn Bragg was talking at a special live edition of The South Bank Show, featuring four of the UK’s leading TV writers – Jed Mercurio (writer and creator of hit police corruption thriller Line of Duty); Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (black comedy anthology Inside No. 9); and Heidi Thomas (period drama Call the Midwife) – discussing their craft.

Writers share the need for drama in good comedy

Back to Life (Credit: BBC)

Comedy, the late, great Tony Hancock would often tell his dinner guests, was simply “frustration, misery, boredom, worry – all the things people suffer from”.

This may go some way to explaining the success of a crop of deceptively simple, single-camera comedy-dramas that have all but replaced our more traditional idea of the sitcom in the television schedules.