Drama

Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn to star in new drama from Luther creator

Jim Sturgess (One Day) and Agyness Deyn (Clash of the Titans) will star in the pre-apocalyptic drama from Luther creator Neil Cross.

The six-part series follows detectives Elaine Renko and Robert Hinks as they attempt to keep order and protect their families as the apocalypse approaches.

They must work together if they are to survive the end of the world, however the two detectives could not be more different: one is kind, gentle and corrupt, the other damaged, difficult and incorruptible.

Presenting Walter: meet the man bringing foreign drama to the UK

“I feel completely privileged” he says, “I do something I love and my job is to talk about my passion, and to galvanise as many people around me as possible.”

Walter Iuzzolino is the man behind Walter Presents, the digital, foreign language drama platform that has been a runaway success for Channel 4.

Channel 4 & Triforce Creative Network announce 10 new faces

The actors won regional heats before taking part in competing in a national final in December 2016 where Channel 4 selected their top 10.

Channel 4 have committed to exploring ways to develop the 10 winners’ careers.

The 10 selected actors are Hannah Margaret from Leeds, who was also crowned national champion, Adaya Henry and Joanna Gay winners of the Birmingham heats, Frances Pooley the Leicester winner, Winston Sarpong, winner of the Essex MonologueSlam, and Connor Mills, Maia Watkins, Richard Rowe-McGhie, Debra Baker and Kayla Meikle from London.

New Channel 4 thriller Born to Kill has begun filming

Born to Kill is the first commission for female writing duo Tracey Malone (who also wrote BBC One's Rillington Place) and BIFA-nominated actress Kate Ashfield.

This series stars Romola Garai (who starred in Atonement and Suffragette) and Daniel Mays (Made in Dagenham) as the single parents of two out-of-control teens.

Channel 4's thriller is a look into the mind of Sam (played by Jack Rowan) who’s on the verge of acting out hidden psychopathic desires. The past comes back to haunt everyone and years of deceit escape from the woodwork.

New Tom Hardy drama Taboo for BBC One

The eight-part series, set in 1814, follows James Delaney (Hardy) as he returns home to London from Africa to inherit his father’s shipping empire. However, the darker motives for his return begin to unravel as old and new enemies emerge, family secrets are discovered and a quest for vengeance is revealed.

The drama series will take the slot of Saturday night post-watershed, an unconventional spot for a drama series on the channel as it has traditionally been pre-watershed family friendly series such as Doctor Who or Merlin in early evening slots.

BBC reveal three-series commission of Call the Midwife

The BBC has commissioned a further three series and three Christmas specials of the multi award-winning drama Call the Midwife.

The deal will take the show through to series nine and follow the nuns and midwives later into the 1960s. Each series will consist of eight hour long episodes.

Call the Midwife has been one of the most popular dramas on British television since it first arrived on screens in 2012, with an average of 10 million viewers per episode.

Sequel to Deutschland83 will run on All 4

Titled Deutschland86, the second series picks up the story of Communist agent Martin Rauch who we last saw in East Germany, caught up in a betrayal plot amongst his superior officers.

Three years later, in 1986, Martin emerges as an exile in East Africa and is once again enlisted by his Aunt Lenora to fight in the Global Cold War. Set amongst true stories of terrorism in 1980s Western Europe, Deutschland86 journeys through events in Paris, Johannesburg, and Tripoli before returning to a divided Berlin where nationwide anxieties are coming to a head.

ITV orders second series of Victoria

Jenna Coleman starring as Victoria (Credit: ITV)

The first series, which started in late August and now has two episodes left to air, has averaged 7.7 million viewers so far, making it ITV’s highest rating drama this year.

In it, Jenna Coleman stars as the young queen and Tom Hughes as her cousin, and future husband, Albert.

Both have confirmed that they will reprise their roles in the next series. It is not yet known which cast members from series one will join them.

Daisy Goodwin, who wrote and executive produced the show, said: “Even though she reigned in the 19th Century, Victoria is a heroine for our times.”