BBC Scotland has ordered two new dramas one of which is a prequel to the popular drama series All Creatures Great & Small; the 1930s based drama series adapted from the novels by James Herriot. The prequel to the popular BBC TV series (which starred Christopher Timothy and Peter Davison) will follow the younger antics of Vet James.


Case Histories and Young James are the two latest BBC One dramas that will be filmed and set in Scotland, announced today by Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One, and Ben Stephenson, Controller, Drama Commissioning. Both dramas represent a major part of next year’s drama story on BBC One and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to reflect the diversity of audiences all over the UK.


“Case Histories is an exciting opportunity to bring contemporary adaptation to BBC One. I am delighted we will be bringing Kate Atkinson’s books to the screen.” – Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One


Case Histories is a six-part series adapted from Kate Atkinson’s compelling mysteries. At the heart of these stories is private investigator Jackson Brodie, who will be played by Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, The Patriot). A complex and compulsive detective surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, he attempts to unravel disparate case histories. The series will be filmed and set in modern Edinburgh, and is produced by Ruby Films for BBC One.


Young James is a 3×60′ drama inspired by the true story of how the world’s most famous vet, “James Herriot”, came to learn his trade in Scotland. Drawing on an amazing archive and exclusive access to the diaries and case notes he kept during his student days in Glasgow, as well as the biography written by his son.


“The chance to bring the story of the real James Herriot alive for a BBC One audience that grew up with All Creatures Great And Small was irresistible.” – Jay Hunt


Co-created by Johnny Byrne and Kate Croft, Johnny sadly died two years ago but it was their shared dream to bring this show to the screen. Filmed and set in Glasgow and made by Koco Drama, this is the first commission for Shed Media’s new drama company.


“Alongside Single Father, starring David Tennant, and BBC Three’s Lip Service, these two new commissions show Anne Mensah’s BBC Scotland drama department’s commitment to exploring Scotland on the screen in an exciting and entertaining way.” – Ben Stephenson


Both dramas were commissioned by Jay Hunt, Controller BBC One, and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, and will transmit on BBC One in 2011.


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