The BBC is bolstering its drama output with an assortment of commissions.
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The BBC has revealed the cast for its forthcoming World War One drama The Ark written by Sarah Phelps. The cast will be headed by Game of Thrones and The Hour actress Oona Chaplin along with Scott and Bailey actress Suranne Jones [pictured left].
The Thirteenth Tale, a 90 minute one-off drama for BBC Two is to star Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman.
Cutting It actor Ben Daniels and Upstairs Downstairs actor Adrian Scarborough are to join the cast of BBC One‘s period drama The Paradise. The department store drama, based on the French novel by Emile Zola, is to return to BBC One later this year for a second series. Filming on the new season, written by Bill Gallagher who successfully adapted Lark Rise to Candleford for the BBC, has just begun.
The BBC has ordered a new one-off drama from the award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern. Common, which is a working title for the drama, will star Nico Mirallegro, Daniel Mays and Jodhi May.
Frankie is a new six-part series created and written by Lucy Gannon of Central Television’s Soldier Soldier fame.
Forget the Man from Atlantis, it’s God’s and Heroes from Atlantis as the BBC reveal a host of names that will star in their family drama, Atlantis.
Details of the two productions concerning the Great Train Robbery from the BBC have been revealed. A Robber’s Tale will be directed by Julian Jarrold and tells the story of the gang whose audacious crime secured unheard-of wealth and the wrath of the establishment while A Copper’s Tale will be directed by James Strong and follows the tale of Tommy Butler and the crack team of detectives he assembled in
The Borgias and Skins actor Luke Pasqualino and The Thick of It actor Peter Capaldi are to lead the cast of BBC One‘s new adaptation of The Musketeers to be penned by Adrian Hodge.
Ben Stephenson, the BBC’s controller of drama, has teased Doctor Who fans with what they can expect from the show’s forthcoming 50th anniversary.