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Bob The Skutter August 27 2013 02:06 PM

New and Upcoming UKTV
I figured we have so much about US shows here I may as well start a thread about British TV. So here's some of the latest commissions I've seen from British TV Channels.


Roald Dahl's Esio Trot
- Dame Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman to star in Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, a single film for BBC One adapted by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, made by Endor Productions. Produced by BAFTA-winner Hilary Bevan Jones and directed by Dearbhla Walsh who won an Emmy for Little Dorrit (2009).

Ordinary Lies - BAFTA and Emmy-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst returns to BBC One with a new six-part drama series from Red Production Company.
Set in a car showroom, Ordinary Lies focuses on a group of compelling characters all dealing with every day dilemmas and what happens when the lies people tell to keep their heads above water spin out of control with sometimes tragic, sometimes funny consequences. The executive producer is Nicola Shindler.

Siblings - A brand-new scripted comedy series from the company that made The Inbetweeners, Siblings is about the world’s worst brother and sister. Obnoxious, lazy, self-centred, underachieving, incompetent and occasionally depraved, they cause chaos and disaster wherever they go.

37 Days- With a stellar cast, including Ian McDiarmid, Sinead Cusack, Tim Pigott-Smith, Bill Paterson and Kenneth Cranham, this landmark factual drama from Hardy Pictures reveals the complex behind-closed-doors story of the outbreak of the First World War.
Covering the final weeks before the outbreak of war, 37 Days follows the rapidly changing crisis through the eyes of the principal players, during a hot summer, from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28 June 1914, to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on 4 August.

Idris Elba: King Of Speed - Idris Elba (Luther) takes pole position as he lines up to take the drive of his life in a revelatory, adrenaline-fuelled 2x60-min documentary.
Charting the colourful origins and secret history of the car racing scene, he travels far and wide in search of the real story.

Channel 4

Babylon - Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle is to collaborate with the creators of the successful comedy Peep Show for a new Channel 4 police-based comedy drama.
The show - called Babylon - will mark Boyle's return to television for the first time in 12 years.
Channel 4 boss, Jay Hunt, told the Edinburgh Festival that she was "hugely excited" about the project.

Blackout - Channel 4 has commissioned Blackout, a feature-length ‘What-If’ drama exploring the effects of a cyber-attack on Britain’s national electricity grid.

Blackout combines real user-generated footage, alongside fictional scenes, CCTV archive and news reports.

Made by Raw TV and ordered by C4’s deputy head of factual, Nick Mirsky, the film is directed by BAFTA-winner Ben Chanan and the executive producer is Richard Bond.

Roisin Conaty (Working Title)
It’s Marcella’s birthday and this year she’s determined to turn over a new leaf. But first she has to work out whose bed she’s in and why she’s covered in fried chicken. Then there’s the speech she’s due to give about her life as a successful actress in America.

Scrotal Recall
Following the disastrous exploits of twenty-something Dylan Witter, who must contact everyone he’s ever slept with to tell them he has Chlamydia. Dylan’s not proud of the number of women he’s slept with, so he decides to use this quest to make sense of a decade of squandered opportunities, broken promises, and romantic car-crashes.

The Revengers!
A mockumentary about a group of ordinary people who live in Croydon who come together and decide to try and fight crime… dressed in neon lycra. They wear costumes straight out of the Marvel Universe (via Oxfam), so the local community can recognise them for the heroes that they really are. Except they’re not really heroes. Simon (the Fox) is a car insurance salesman who lives with his mum. Ian (RazorBoy) is a janitor with psychotic tendencies.

Raised By Wolves
Caitlin Moran reveals all in her own inimitable style: “Raised by Wolves is written by me, bestselling author and award winning columnist Caitlin Moran, with my sister Caroline Moran. Set on a Wolverhampton council estate, “Raised By Wolves” ismodern day reimagining of us, when we were growing up – loads of kids, no money, home-schooled, and educating ourselves on mankind’s great bounty of books, films, TV and pop music.

Channel 5

Evidence -a new procedural crime drama - will air in early 2014.
Each self-contained episode follows ten very different cases - from the committing of the crime, through its investigation and then to the final conclusion.

The series centres around three core detectives whose professional and personal approach to the job of policing drives the series.


Crackanory - UKTV’s Dave is adding a new comedy to its line up. The channel has given the green-light to a new six episode comedy series titled Crackanory, which hails from Tiger Aspect Productions and will feature such comedy talent as Harry Enfield and Jack Dee. The series is expected to air on Dave later this year alongside original commissions Ross Noble Freewheeling and Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish. Described as a “a satirical and twisted grown-up spin on story time”, Crackanory will contain two tales, each punctuated with a mixture of narrated live action and animation. Penned by some of comedy’s most imaginative writers (such as Jeremy Dyson, Nico Tatarowicz, Holly Walsh, Jason Cook and Kevin Eldon), the stories will be performed by celebrities who let their dark, comedic minds run wild and put their own enchanting spin on storytelling.

lurok August 27 2013 02:32 PM

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The Elba ones sound worth a look, but the others are like something from Chris Morris' fevered brain. I'd still like to see Plantation House one day (inner city yoofs get to experience the grim reality of 18th century slavery).

Starkers August 27 2013 03:03 PM

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Scrotal Recall sounds like a bad rip off of My Name is Earl.

Babylon and 37 Days sound interesting, not sure about the rest.

Bob The Skutter August 27 2013 03:09 PM

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There's also stuff like Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell that the BBC already commissioned last year that I haven't added to the list but it really does seem like a poor selection this year.

Lonemagpie August 27 2013 04:51 PM

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37 Days and Idris Elba's petrolhead show are the only ones that sound remotely interesting. Maybe Evidence as well.

The rest is just more of the usual.

Oh well, at least there's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Dr Who, Musketeers, Atlantis, Death In Paradise season 3, Ripper Street season 2, and Red Dwarf XI...

Bob The Skutter August 27 2013 05:04 PM

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Red Dwarf XI has been announced?

Lonemagpie August 27 2013 06:36 PM

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Bob The Skutter wrote: (Post 8562850)
Red Dwarf XI has been announced?

Sort of - Craig Charles outed it.

Bob The Skutter August 27 2013 06:37 PM

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Lonemagpie wrote: (Post 8563186)

Bob The Skutter wrote: (Post 8562850)
Red Dwarf XI has been announced?

Sort of - Craig Charles outed it.

Ah, cool.

Bob The Skutter August 29 2013 01:36 PM

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Cockroaches -
ITV2 has ordered a new pilot from the co-creator of Bad Education.

Freddy Syborn - who devised the hit BBC Three show with Jack Whitehall - is penning the sitcom, says Broadcast.
Cockroaches is set in a post-apocalyptic world, though further details of characters and setting are yet to be confirmed.

Starkers August 29 2013 02:13 PM

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The Event the tv series?


Bob The Skutter August 29 2013 02:19 PM

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You mean: REMAIN INDOORS! surely?

Starkers August 29 2013 02:28 PM

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I'll hand in my Mitchell and Webb DVDs forthwith...

Bob The Skutter August 30 2013 11:17 AM

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Toby Whithouse's new BBC One spy drama, The Game, starts shooting this week with Brian Cox (not Prof.) and Tom Hughes starring.

dg1379 September 1 2013 02:39 AM

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Well if this thread is for upcoming UK shows, this one should apply. You guys get it in a few more weeks. Finally a Downton S4 trailer from ITV!

Bob The Skutter September 9 2013 03:54 PM

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UKTV's Watch channel has ordered a 10 part drama from Tony Jordan.



Spooks and Hustle writer Tony Jordan has created a new 10-part series for UKTV’s flagship entertainment channel, Watch. Legion is the channel’s first original drama commission and will be produced by Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures.
Announcing the series, Jordan revealed it would follow criminologist Nathan Jones who, after learning the devastating news that his 10 year old daughter has an inoperable brain tumour, scours the globe in search of a possible treatment.
His desperate quest for a cure brings him to the very edge of humanity, forcing him into one last throw of the dice, making a deal with the Devil to save the life of his child.
When Nathan realises that he’s been tricked, he undertakes to renegotiate his contract by fighting the Devil’s work on earth wherever he finds it, ultimately leading him to a startling discovery – a revelation which will change the world as we know it forever…
Production will commence once UKTV and Red Planet to secure further production partners and confirm a location for the series.
Jordan described the series as his “ultimate passion project” and revealed the idea for the series “has sat in my bottom drawer just waiting for the right time and place for this story to be told.”

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