Drama

Red Planet Pictures announces Writer's Room programme

Tony Jordan (Credit: Red Planet Pictures)

Red Planet has invited four rising screenwriters to join the programme, where they will be paired with an established showrunner to develop an original idea from the its inception to production.

The first stage of the scheme will see the writers develop a contemporary crime thriller. The eight-part series, set in London, will be developed from start to finish by the Writers’ Room and be led by Red Planet CEO Tony Jordan.

Riviera: Who's who in Sky's latest drama

Riviera Sky Atlantic

Deep secrets, explosions, fashion and crime sound up your street? Then Riviera might be the programme for you.

New to Sky Atlantic and set in the French Riviera, this new drama looks at the homes of the filthy rich along with the problems and deceit that comes with their luxuries.

There's a vibrant list of characters at the heart of the series, so here's a lowdown of who's who.

Sandra Oh to star in new spy drama by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Sandra Oh starred in Grey's Anatomy as Cristina Yang (Credit: Sky/ABC/Bob D'Amico)

Killing Eve is a dramatic thriller revolving around a psychopathic assassin and the woman charged with hunting her down.

Waller-Bridge, who is best known for her RTS Award-winning comedy Fleabag, spoke to the RTS about the project earlier this year.

“It’s basically a game of cat-and-mouse between two women who in a lot of ways are very opposite to each other, but who become obsessed with and by each other,” she explained.

Hit time travel drama Outlander heads to More4

The Emmy-nominated series sees Claire Randall (Catriona Balfe), a married WWII combat nurse, get lost in time and end up back in 1743. Immediately her life is on the line and she must fight for her very survival when she finds herself caught up in the tumultuous Jacobite risings. She is forced to marry Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a dashing and romantic Scottish warrior and finds herself torn between her man of the future and her man of the past.

Chris Chibnall: The man who reinvented the cliffhanger

Most people, asked to identify the show that changed the career of Chris Chibnall, would point to his ITV crime trilogy Broadchurch. But, for Chibnall, the show that altered everything was, unusually, a flop: Camelot, his king-and-wizard drama for the US cable network Starz, which struggled to the end of one season in 2011.

Feud: Bette and Joan lands on BBC Two

The series tells of the the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during and after the production of their 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, which continued long after the cameras stopped rolling.

Starring Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis, the series also features Catherine Zeta-Jones as Olivia de Havilland and Kathy Bates as Joan Blondell.

Feud: Bette and Joan explores how the two stars dealt with ageism, sexism and misogyny while struggling to hang on to success and fame in the twilight of their careers.

ITV commissions Hatton Garden drama

Hatton Garden will depict the jewellery and cash burglary which took place in the heart of London’s diamond district, which was carried out by an elderly gang of career criminals across the Easter Bank Holiday weekend in April 2015.

The drama tells the inside story of how the men pulled off the heist which was considered in a league of its own in terms of scale and ambition.

The level of planning, preparation and organisation that was required to pull off the crime to get into the vault of the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Company was one like no other. 

First look at second series of Victoria

The teaser clip shows Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) and Prince Albert (Tom Hughes) at the Christening of the couple’s first child, Princess Victoria, known as Vicky.

The second series will again be written by creator and executive producer Daisy Goodwin, and viewers will see Queen Victoria face new challenges both at home and abroad.

Victoria will be figuring life out as a working mother, balancing her responsibilities as both parent and Queen. However, Prince Albert is still struggling to find a role for himself alongside his powerful wife as she returns to her duties.