Drama

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.

Sky to double investment in production through Sky Studios

Jude Law will star in Sky Studios' The Third Day (Credit: Sky)

Overseen by Gary Davey, the current Managing Director of Sky UK, Sky Studios will build on the broadcaster’s recent run of successful drama series including Chernobyl and the RTS award-winning Save Me.

The new Europe-wide development and production capability has received backing from Sky’s new owners, Comcast, and will create new productions for outlets including Sky channels, NBC Broadcast and Cable, and Universal Pictures.

Filming begins for new ITV drama Flesh and Blood

Russell Tovey (Credit: UKTV)

The four-part series explores the complexity of family dynamics and modern relationships, focusing on three adult siblings, Jake (Russell Tovey), Helen (Claudie Blakley) and Natalie (Lydia Leonard).

When the sibling's recently widowed mother, Vivien (Francesca Annis), declares she is in love with a new man, Mark (Stephen Rea), the family is thrown into turmoil.

Jake, Helen and Natalie's suspicions are raised, with the arrival of Mark threatening not only the large family home overlooking the Sussex coast, but also their inheritance and many happy childhood memories.

AMC announces new adaptation of horror NOS4A2

Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto) in NOS4A2 (Credit: AMC)

The drama follows Vic McQueen (Cummings) as she discovers her ability to find things that are lost, putting her in direct opposition with immortal villain Charlie Manx (Quinto).

Manx is a parasitic creature of the night who consumes the souls of children and traps their remains in a twisted place of Manx’s imagination, Christmasland, where being unhappy is illegal and it’s Christmas Day everyday.

McQueen strives to save Manx’s victims but must ensure she doesn’t lose her mind or fall victim to the vampiric creature in the process.

Line of Duty’s Martin Compston joins new drama Traces

Martin Compston as Steve Arnott in Line of Duty (Credit: BBC)

Molly Windsor (Cheat), Laura Fraser (The Loch) and Jennifer Spence (You Me Her) are set to join Line of Duty’s Martin Compston in Amelia Bullmore’s (Scott & Bailey) new drama as three forensic scientists who aim to discover the truth behind an unsolved murder.

The crime thriller follows Emma Hedges (Molly Windsor), a new lab assistant who joins the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy (SIFA) and discovers a fictitious case of a murder scene that bares a striking resemblance to memories from her past.