Drama

BBC One announces cast for Agatha Christie adapation The Pale Horse

The Pale Horse cast (Credit: BBC)

The two-part thriller follows Mark Easterbrook (Rufus Sewell) as he investigates a mysterious list of names discovered in a dead woman’s shoe.

Easterbrook’s search for answers leads him to the unusual village of Much Deeping and The Pale Horse, the home to a group of suspected witches.

Rumours have circulated the town that the witches are responsible for the disappearances of wealthy relatives using dark magic yet Easterbrook remains adamant that there are rational explanations to solve these mysteries.

BBC One commissions new four-part series from Jack Thorne

Jack Thorne (Credit: BBC)

Best Interests tells the story of two parents who must make a life-changing decision that no one could ever want to make.

Andrew and Nicci’s daughter, Marnie, suffers from a life-threatening condition to the extent that medical staff have suggested that it would be in her best interests to be allowed to die to end any suffering.

Andrew and Nicci struggle to contemplate the decision and launch a legal battle to prevent their daughter’s death.

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.

Gurinder Chadha: The relationship between Britain and India didn’t just start in the 1960s

Gurinder Chadha (Credit: Rex Features)

It’s 4pm on a Friday afternoon, a time of the week when most of us are preparing to wind down the working week. Not Gurinder Chadha, co-creator and director of ITV’s new period drama, Beecham House, otherwise known as “Downton in Delhi”.

She’s at work in a Soho edit suite, putting the finishing touches to another project, her latest movie, Blinded by the Light. The film is based on journalist and broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir, Greetings from Bury Park.