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The 2013 Red Planet Prize Is Now Open!
Today we launched the year’s “Red Planet Prize”, our annual search for new writing talent, in partnership with Kudos.
First launched in 2007, the competition can already boast unrivalled success in its search for new writing talent with previous winners developing original ideas for both Red Planet and Kudos. Last year’s winner Jonathan Neil was a Broadcast Hot Shot in 2013.
The prize also discovered Robert Thorogood who created Red Planet’s smash hit returning series Death in Paradise for BBC One. The hit crime drama which returns in early 2014 for its third series. Take a look at our Red Planet Prize Section to find out more!
By Any Means arrives on BBC One!
Our latest series By Any Means, set inside the murky world of a clandestine police unit, airs on September 22nd at 9pm on BBC One. Led by the enigmatic Jack Quinn (Warren Brown, Luther), no nonsense Jess (Shelley Conn, Mistresses) and computer whizz Tom Tom (Andrew Lee-Potts, Primeval), each week the team will go up against society's most elusive and intelligent villains, straddling the line between the letter of the law and true justice. Check out the trailer here.By Any Means
Legion First Original Drama for UKTV
We can reveal that UKTV have commissioned a new, 10-part drama series from us for their flagship entertainment channel, Watch.
Legion is a bold and exciting new drama series which follows criminologist Nathan Jones who, after learning that his 10 year old daughter has an inoperable brain tumour, makes a deal with the Devil to save her life. However, 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.
TOP GUEST CAST JOIN BY ANY MEANS
As filming comes to an end on our brand new drama series, By Any Means, we are excited to announce that our main cast will be joined by a number of high profile guest stars, including David Harewood (Homeland), Amy Nuttall (Downton Abbey), Nick Moran (Mr Selfridge) and Honor Blackman (Goldfinger). By Any Means is due to air this autumn on BBC One.
STELLAR LINE-UP FOR DEATH IN PARADISE 3
With filming underway on the third series of our hit drama Death in Paradise, it has been announced today that the stellar line-up of guest stars will include acclaimed actors Michelle Ryan (Jekyll, Merlin), Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet, Cuckoo) and Peter Davison (Doctor Who, At Home With The Braithwaites).
Joining the Caribbean drama’s newest recruit, Kris Marshall (Lightfields, My Family), as well as the regular team of popular cast members, the host of top-name talent will be filming their scenes on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe over the summer.
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.
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.