Wednesday, 31 March 2010


[17.50 - French Time] ITV has announced three of the shows which will replace The Bill, axed last week after 27 years on screen.

- Monroe, a 6 X 60-minute medical drama written by Peter Bowker (Desperate Romantics, Occupation), is about the work of a hospital neurolosurgeon. It will be made by Mammoth Screen, the indie producer behind Bowker's adaptation of Wuthering Heights for ITV last year.

Peter Bowker's new drama focuses on its main character rather than an ensemble (like in other British medical dramas) and there will be dark humour. Bowker told The Guardian that he hoped Monroe would match House in dramatic intensity.

- The Oaks, a 5 X 60-minute paranormal drama, is the British remake of a 2008 unpicked pilot developed for American network Fox. It follows the lives of three families, in different time periods, who all occupy the same house haunted by restless spirits. The commission is the fruit of a 2008 deal between ITV Studios and Fox to identify properties on their respective slates that could be developed for the other’s home market. The original pilot featured Brit actress Sienna Guillory and Matthew Morrison pre-Glee.

- DCI Banks: Aftermath is a 2 x 60-minute pilot crime thriller adapted from the novels by author Peter Robinson and starring Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart). Tompkinson will play Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, hero of Robinson's series of books. It is produced by Left Bank Pictures (Wallander).

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