Thursday, 11 March 2010


[21.28 - French Time] BSkyB drama commissioning editor Elaine Pyke told Broadcast’s TV Drama Forum that 13-part returning drama series were her main priority now as she attempts to broaden the broadcaster’s drama output beyond one-off coups such as Skellig (adapted from a book by David Almond) or short serials like Martina Cole's The Take.

At Sky Elaine Pyke was responsible for commissioning a live action adaptation from Terry Pratchett's Discworld franchise for the first time. Filmed and transmitted in HD, the first of the adapted books was event drama Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (2006). It was the highest rating non sports multi-channel commission ever securing an audience of over 2.5m. But Pyke considers 13-episode returning shows are what will really establish Sky drama.

At a time when the BBC and its commercial rival ITV are struggling to maintain the quality of their respectives drama outputs in a rough economic climate and under the scrutiny of British indie production sector, BSkyB's affirmed ambitions are rather interesting news.

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