Drama

Final call to apply for the BBC TV Drama Writers' Programme 2019

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The annual BBC Writersroom scheme offers talented screenwriters the opportunity to write the first episode of a BBC original series or serial.

Writers must have at least one professionally produced piece of work of up to 30 minutes in length in television, radio, theatre or film to apply. Applicants must submit an original script alongside a one-sided pitch outlining the drama idea. 

Andrew Davies adapts Jane Austen's unfinished novel Sanditon for ITV

Jane Austen

Sanditon, written just months before Austen’s death in 1817, tells the story of Charlotte Heywood, an impulsive and highly spirited young woman, and her spiky relationship with the wild and charming Sidney Parker.

After an accident sees the Heywood family transported from the rural hometown of Willingden to the up-and-coming seaside town of Sanditon, Charlotte is exposed to the intrigues of a town on the rise, and the people whose fortunes depend on its commercial success.

Disney's new kids series promises pure magic

The pair are among a talented roster of British talent who will feature in new animated comedy series, Sadie Sparks.

Launching on the Disney Channel in early 2019, the show follows 14-year-old Sadie, who finds out she has magical abilities and becomes a wizard in training – under the guidance of a very old, very grumpy rabbit Gilbert (Hound), who has been sent to help her harness her skills.

Molly Windsor & Katherine Kelly to star in ITV psychological thriller Cheat

Windsor plays Rose, a high-flying university student who is accused of cheating in her dissertation by her professor, Leah (Katherine Kelly – The Night Manager, Strike Back).

The women’s relationship spirals out of control as what should be a fairly open-and-shut case of academic deception, gets blown up into a devastating series of events with fatal consequences.

Kerry Condon, Nina Sosanya and Eileen Walsh to star in new Sharon Horgan comedy drama for UKTV

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Set in Dublin, Women on the Verge, which is based on the best-selling book Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Lorna Martin, tells the darkly comic story of three successful thirty-something friends, who are all at various stages of their lives. Though all three are enterprising and hard-working, they're still concerned that their lives are not going entirely to plan.

BBC orders Years and Years from Russell T Davies

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Years and Years follows the Lyons, a busy Mancunian family. There’s Daniel who is getting married to Ralph, Stephen and Celeste worrying over their children, man-eater Rosie and estranged Edith. At the head of the chaotic family is Gran, the regal Muriel. When their lives all converge on one crucial night in 2019 the story is propelled into the future following the lives and loves of the Lyons over 15 years in a Britain rocked by volatile political, economic and technological advances.

Sheridan Smith and Alison Steadman to star in new Jimmy McGovern drama Care

Sheridan Smith, RTS, Awards, 2015,

Based on Juckes’s real-life experiences, Care follows Jenny (Smith) a single mother of two, raising her children with the help of her widowed mother Mary (Steadman). When Mary suffers a devastating stroke and develops dementia, Jenny’s world falls apart, and everything changes for her and her sister Claire (Keenan). Torn between caring for her mother and following her own path, Jenny soon discovers that there could be another option, but it’s one she’ll have to fight for.

Hit period drama Victoria to return for third series

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Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes return as Queen Victoria and her beloved consort Albert in the hotly-anticipated third series of the regal drama. Created and written by Daisy Goodwin, the new series will see Laurence Fox (Lewis) play charming and rebellious Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston. The series will also see the addition of Olivier and Tony award-nominated Kate Fleetwood (Harlots) as Victoria’s mysterious sister Feodora who makes an unforeseen return into the Queen’s life.