The screenwriter about to become a studio mogul; the boardgame inventor whose next drama will launch Apple’s foray into television; the Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? creator nominated for an Oscar – there are many ways to paraphrase the extraordinary career of Steven Knight. Let’s start, however, with the blacksmith’s son who launched a million haircuts.
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A series of Charles Dickens famous novels has been commissioned by BBC One and will be adapted by Steven Knight, the writer of Peaky Blinders and Taboo.
It’s violent. It’s explosive. And it’s going out live on Dave, "the Home of Witty Banter".
The commissions include programmes from established talent, including Kayvan Novak (Facejacker) and Tim Vine (Not Going Out), and a bumper crop of new faces.
BBC Three’s Comedy Slices (formerly known as Comedy Feeds) will return for a fifth year, and are designed to develop a new generation of comedy stars, both on and off screen. Many of the pilots from previous years have become hit series, including Josh and RTS award-winning People Just Do Nothing.
Created by Steven Knight with Tom Hardy and Chips Hardy, Taboo has been recommissioned for another series.
The series launched in a Saturday night slot on BBC One and has since been one of the most successful dramas on BBC iPlayer.
Taboo follows James Delaney (Tom Hardy), who is at first believed to be dead, but returns to 1814 London to inherit his late father's shipping empire which turns out to be more valuable than first thought.