Thursday, 13 January 2011


[11.53 - French Time] BBC One has commissioned five new dramas for 2011 and 2012: a 3 X 60-minute adaptation of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations by Sarah Phelps, One Night, Bound, Call the Midwife and Morton.

- One Night is a 4 x 60-minute "event drama" (Beeb dixit) written by Paul Smith and made by BBC Drama Production. "A gripping event drama set over one blistering hot summer night when nerves are frayed and tensions ride high. An original authored drama about four very ordinary but different people whose fates are linked by a seemingly inconsequential event." Is it BBC One's answer to Collision?

- Bound (working title) is a 6 x 60-minute drama based around a group of women whose husbands are in jail. It is written by Julie Geary and made by Tiger Aspect Productions.

- Call The Midwife, a 6 x 60-minute series, is adapted by Heidi Thomas (Upstairs Downstairs, Cranford) from Jennifer Worth's best selling memoir. It is about a new young midwife, Jenny, who joins "an eccentric, loveable community of nursing nuns" in the 1950s. It is made by Neal Street Productions.

- Morton, is a 8 x 60-minute spy series from Kudos Film and Television - the makers of Spooks - written by American screenwriter Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). Spotnitz's sole name will make this project the must talked-about of the list. The main character is Sam, a spy hunted "by an enemy more ruthless and determined than any she's ever known" She returns to Mobius (Mobius!), the organisation that employs her, and begins to pursue her hunter. And she discovers she can trust no one, even the man she loves. Well, er... Can someone bring The Fixer back?

And Broadcast reports that Spooks has just been commissioned for a 10th series. Is it truly reasonable?

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