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BBC ONE ANNOUNCES DICKENSIAN
We are excited to announce that BBC One has commissioned Dickensian, a drama set in Victorian London, where the locations of Dickens’ novels are the backdrop to a story that involves some of his most famous characters.
Dickensian is conceived as a 30 minute returning drama series, with characters from different novels interacting with one another. The show is part of the last raft of drama commissions from outgoing Controller of BBC One Danny Cohen, details are still to be confirmed so watch this space!
BY ANY MEANS UPDATE
We are delighted to announce our new stella cast for By Any Means. Warren Brown (Luther, Good Cop), Shelley Conn (Mistresses), Andrew Lee Potts (Primeval, Ideal) and Gina McKee (The Borgias) head up the clandestine crime team. Other names who will appear in the series include Elliot Knight (Sinbad), John Henshaw (South Riding), Keith Allen (Robin Hood), Kate Dickie (Game Of Thrones), Neil Maskell (Utopia) and Martin Jarvis (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo).
Filming began in Birmingham in April and the series is due to air at the end of the year on BBC One.
BBC COMMISSION NEW DRAMA TO MARK CENTENARY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
Ben Stephenson, Controller of Drama Commissioning at the BBC, announced the commission of The Great War, a five-part drama from Red Planet Pictures for BBC One. The 5 x 30” drama is written by Tony Jordan and is set to air throughout Armistice Week next year.
The Great War follows two young men as they struggle to adapt to life on the front line and fight to survive the terrifying events of war. The story looks at all aspects of the war – from the families left behind to the strategic decisions by generals that led to unimaginable bloodshed and the men fighting in the trenches – no one is unaffected by this global war.
KRIS MARSHALL JOINS DEATH IN PARADISE
It has been announced that Kris Marshall will be joining the third series of Death in Paradise as the latest lead detective. Kris will play bright but rather disorganised DI Humphrey Goodman who is stuck in a mid-life rut and who is looking to find a new life and a fresh start.
Kris Marshall said: “I am thrilled to be joining Death in Paradise and finding out a bit more about what makes Humphrey tick. Six months filming on a tropical island with an amazing cast and glorious sunshine? What isn’t there to love! I might even get myself a parrot!”
Series three will also see the departure of DI Richard Poole played by Ben Miller. Details of how and when Richard Poole will depart remain tightly under wraps for the time being. Series 3 is expected to hit our screens early 2014 on BBC One.
DEATH IN PARADISE 2 AVAILABLE ON DVD
Death in Paradise Season 2 is released on DVD from 4th March 2013 . To order your very own dose of Caribbean sunshine follow the link below.
MORE DEATHS IN PARADISE AS BBC ORDERS THIRD SERIES
It has been announced that Death in Paradise, Red Planet Pictures’ warm, witty and intriguing hit crime drama will be returning to BBC One for a third series.
'DEATH IN PARADISE' CONTINUES TO BE A RATINGS HIT
Death in Paradise repeated its ratings success with Episode 2 clocking in 6.5 million viewers. In addition, Episode 1's final consolidated ratings were also confirmed as a huge 8.20m (up 1.34m on overnight figures)
“If you’re in the market for good-humoured escapism, you’re in the right place” (The Times 15/01/13)Death in Paradise (Series 2)
'DEATH IN PARADISE' returns with record ratings!
Death in Paradise returned with a massive 6.85m viewers and easily won the 9pm slot. It outgunned BBC1’s slot average of 4.91m (20.51%) for the past 12 months.
“I let the Caribbean breeze waft over me and gave in to its shamelessly escapist charms. It’s the TV equivalent of diving into a deep blue duvet... Death in Paradise is a laid-back antidote to the wobbly camera and blood-red gore that has become the rigueur for crime thrillers.” (Metro 09/01/13)Death in Paradise (Series 2)
DEATH IN PARADISE RETURNS ON 8TH JANUARY 2013
Ben Miller will return for a second series of detective drama Death in Paradise on Tuesday 8 January at 9.00pm on BBC1.
Quintessentially English detective Richard Poole will be back with his investigative team to solve more murder mysteries on the idyllic Caribbean island of Sainte-Marie, this time with guest support from the likes of Stephanie Beacham, Michael Brandon, Tom Ward, Bryan Dick and – in her first role for TV – pop star Jamelia.
The first of eight episodes will see Poole probing the death of the owner of a former sugar plantation, who is discovered with a machete in his back. Click the link below for more info.Death in Paradise (Series 2)
'BY ANY MEANS' GETS THE GO AHEAD
We're delighted to announce the commission of By Any Means, a new 6x60 primetime drama for BBC One.
The thrilling series follows a covert police department that, when the legal system fails, go to any lengths to bring the criminal elite to justice. Shadowy and brilliant, the team will go about their business, exploiting weaknesses, weaving a web of cunning and deception that leads the unwary target into the arms of justice.
By Any Means was penned by a writing team comprised of Tony Jordan, Richard Zajdlic, James Payne, Jeff Povey and Richard Lazarus whose combined credits include Strike Back, New Tricks, Silent Witness and Ashes to Ashes amongst other projects.
Production will begin in February 2013.
WINNER OF THE 2012 RED PLANET PRIZE ANNOUNCED
Jonathan Neil has been announced as the 2012 winner of Red Planet Pictures’ writers initiative, The Red Planet Prize, held in partnership with Kudos Film and Television.
Jonathan Neil’s darkly comic script Darby and Joan, a 1950s tale of spies in very British suburbia, beat more than 2000 other entrants to win the coveted prize and the opportunity to be mentored by and work with the two prestigious independent production companies.
Details of the 2013 Red Planet/Kudos Prize will be announced at the end of the year. Read more by following the link below...
Buy Death in Paradise on DVD
Death in Paradise will be available to buy on DVD from 8th October.
Pre-order your copy here
BUY THE NATIVITY ON DVD
The Nativity is now available to buy on DVD. This magical retelling of the classical nativity story is out just in time for Christmas and every home should own a copy!
Click below to buy it from the BBC shop