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Emily Blunt hits the Wild West in BBC Two’s The English

Blunt can be seen starring as Lady Cornelia Locke opposite Chaske Spencer (best known for his part in the Twilight franchise) as the aptly-named Pawnee ex-cavalry scout Eli Whipp. The two come together in 1890 to cross the violent, mid-American landscape “built on dreams and blood.”

They both have a clear sense of their destiny but neither is aware that it is rooted in a shared past.

Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer to star in The English

Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns) and Chaske Spencer (The Twilight Saga) star as English woman Cornelia Locke and ex-cavalry scout and Pawnee Nation member Eli Whipp.

In the year 1890, Locke arrives in the Wild West to wreak revenge on the man she blames for the death of her son.

She meets Whipp and the two team up after discovering a shared history that they must defeat if they are to survive.

Watch the trailer for BBC Two's new thriller Black Earth Rising

RTS award-winner Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum) stars as Kate Ashby, a legal investigator who was rescued as a child during the Rwandan genocide and adopted by British international criminal law prosecutor Eve (Harriet Walter - The Crown).

The eight-part series will follow Kate as she is thrown into the middle of a case prosecuting an African militia leader that Eve takes on at the International Criminal Court. 

Black Earth Rising leads raft of new commissions for BBC Two

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Holland outlined the channel’s long history with successful drama programming, commenting: “Blending strong opinions and bold perspectives with brilliant comic voices and finger-on-the-pulse entertainment. Never afraid of provoking, knowing we may upset people along the way… We commission based on passion, on gut feel, on public service purpose”.

Black Earth Rising will explore the prosecution of international war crimes and the West’s relationship with contemporary Africa, through an interracial family with personal experience of genocide.

Single writer or showrunner: what's the best way to succeed in drama?

Hugo Blick and Gina Moriarty

It is the question that British writers and commissioners perennially ask: which system works best – the UK’s single voice or the US’s showrunner model?

Former head of BBC Worldwide Productions turned independent producer Jane Tranter tried to answer this key question with a panel of writers, who outlined their experiences to see how they compared.

She pointed out that, during her seven years in the US, it was not a subject the industry there generally debated openly.

RTS Cambridge Convention 2015 programme announced

The preliminary programme for this year's RTS Cambridge Convention has been announced. 

The convention, held on a biennial basis, brings together leading figures from the television and its related industry.

This year's event looks forward to television in 2020, focusing on the challenge for content, creativity and business models.

The programme features sessions covering foreign ownership of UK production, the rise of the smart phone in television viewing, and the influence of talent in programme-making.