Drama

Christopher Hampton adapts The Singapore Grip for ITV

Luke Treadaway will play Matthew Webb in The Singapore Grip (Credit: Fortitude/Sky/Tiger Aspect Productions)

The period drama is set during the Second World War and follows a British family in Singapore during the Japanese invasion in 1942.

Ruthless rubber merchant Walter Blackett (David Morrissey) fears for the future of his firm when his business partner Webb (Charles Dance) falls ill, and concocts a scheme to wed his spoilt daughter Joan (Georgia Blizzard) to Webb’s kind hearted son Matthew (Luke Treadaway).

The plan is far from straight-forward, as Matthew falls under the spell of Vera Chiang (Elizabeth Tan), a Chinese adventurer with a mysterious past.

Patrick Walker: Getting social with Facebook Watch

In a short time Facebook Watch has come a long way. Rarely a week goes by without its parent, Facebook, attracting negative publicity for allegations that someone, somewhere is using the social media behemoth for nefarious purposes, with or without the possible involvement of the Russian state.

By contrast, the video-on-demand service Facebook Watch appears to be immune to such criticism. One of its first scripted shows, the 10-part Sorry for Your Loss, starring Elizabeth Olsen, won the kind of reviews that most commissioners would die for.

Colin Farrell joins Andrew Haigh’s series The North Water

Colin Farrell (Credit: BBC)

The series of the same name is set in the UK during the late 1850s and follows Patrick Sumner, a disgraced ex-army surgeon who tries to escape his past by signing up as a ship’s doctor for a whaling expedition in the Arctic.

On board the ship, Sumner encounters Henry Drax (Colin Farrell) the ship’s psychotic harpooner who’s developed an indifference towards killing.

Sumner’s attempts to flee the horrors of his past soon becomes a search for redemption, as he fights for survival in the Arctic.

Alibi commissions first original drama Traces

Writer Amelia Bullmore (Credit: UKTV)

Set in Scotland, Traces follows three female forensic professionals, Emma Hedges, Sarah Gordon and Kathy Torrance, as they uncover the truth of a murder case and bring a killer to justice.

Working in the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science (SIFA), Emma Hedges signs up for a forensic science course but finds her educational case study has a shocking link to her past.

Guided by professors Sarah Gordon and Kathy Torrance, 23-year old Emma’s investigations lead her to the dark truth and ultimately unveils a killer.

4 Blocks creators spill the secrets on making drama

4 Blocks (Credit: TNT Serie/Turner)

Since its debut in 2017, Berlin gangster series 4 Blocks has been pocketing awards and thrilling audiences. The TNT Serie drama has also shaken up the sometimes cosy world of German television.

4 Blocks tells the story of the Hamady crime family, which is engaged in a bloody fight with the rival al-Saafi clan for control of the drug trade in the Neukölln district of the city.

At an early-evening screening in central London at the end of January, the RTS – in partnership with TNT Serie and Turner – celebrated the release of the show’s second season.

ITV commissions adaptation of Belgravia

The Napoleonic Wars

The six-part series will be set in London during the climax of the Napoleonic Wars and will follow the dark secrets of upper-class households.

During the evening of the Battle of Waterloo, the Trenchards accept an invitation to an extravagant ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond, triggering a sequence of events that lead to secrets being unravelled and devastating consequences for decades to come.

Julian Fellowes will adapt the novel alongside Downton Abbey producers Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Liz Trubridge.