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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.
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
Death in Paradise Series 2
As well as our regulars, series two will be hosting a stellar line up of guest stars. Award-winning poptress Jamelia is the latest in a long line of guest artists, which includes Stephanie Beacham (Coronation Street), Amanda Mealing (Holby City), Michael Brandon (Dempsey & Makepeace), Tom Ward (Silent Witness), Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels), Kelly Adams (Hustle), Patrick Baladi (Mistresses), Bryan Dick (Eric & Ernie), Kenneth Cranham (Made in Dagenham) and Gemma Jones (Spooks).
Jamelia commented: “I’m so excited – not only am I in a great drama filming my first TV role but I’m doing it in the Caribbean too! I’m really looking forward to working with such a talented cast.”
The stories for this series are full of humour and intrigue and hopefully the whole family will have fun trying to work out whodunit each week. We can’t wait to bring a bit of Caribbean sunshine back to the cold and wet UK!
Not only has the first series been a hit in the UK, but Australia also loves it, with each episode outperforming ABC1's primetime average.
HUSTLE RETURNS TO BBC 1
The gang is back for the eighth and final series on Friday 13th at 9pm.
Mickey is joined once again by his trusty tricksters, Albert Stroller (Robert Vaughn), Ash ‘Three Socks’ Morgan (Robert Glenister) and Emma and Sean Kennedy (Kelly Adams, Matt Di Angelo) as they face their biggest challenge yet in an attempt to pull off the ultimate con. Viewers can also look forward to another line-up of stellar guest stars, including Paterson Joseph, national treasure Sheila Hancock and Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp.
“Each year, as we’re slumped in a despondent post-Christmas heap, Hustle arrives to lift the January blues” – Radio Times
BBC TO REPEAT THE NATIVITY
We're delighted to announce that The Nativity will be repeated on BBC One this Christmas. It will be shown in two parts over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, at 9am.
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
THE RED PLANET PRIZE
The competition has now been open for just over a week and the scripts are coming in thick and fast!
The winner will be awarded a £5,000 cash prize and entry to a mentoring scheme. We also hope to option the winning script, but this will be discussed with and decided by the winner.
Keep them coming!
DEATH IN PARADISE CONTINUES TO STEAL THE SLOT
Death in Paradise drew in nearly 7 milllion viewers on its opening night, recent figures show.
Now into its 3rd week, the drama continues to win the 9pm slot.
Click below if you'd like to catch up on the latest episode.
In next week's episode, a wife admits to shooting her husband dead but the body is nowhere to be seen. Can Richard solve the mystery?
THE 2011 RED PLANET PRIZE HAS LAUNCHED!
We're extremely excited to announce that our fourth annual writing competition is now open!
The winner will be awarded a £5,000 cash prize and entry to a mentoring scheme, which currently hosts more than 40 new writers found through the initiative.
First launched in 2007, the competition previously “discovered” Robert Thorogood, who wrote new BBC1 drama Death in Paradise for Red Planet Pictures. Please click on the link at the bottom of the page for further information and to upload your script.Red Planet Prize
DEATH IN PARADISE - COMING TO BBC ONE ON TUESDAY 25th OCTOBER
Death In Paradise will hit our screens on Tuesday 25th October at 9pm, on BBC One.
When a British Cop is found murdered in a locked room on the tiny paradise island of Saint-Marie, Detective Inspector Richard Poole is sent to investigate. He’s the perfect man to solve the case - if only he didn't just hate sun, sea and sand…
Find out more by clicking the link below.....Death In Paradise (Series 1)
DEATH IN PARADISE GETS GLITZY LAUNCH IN CANNES
Death in Paradise launched to the international market this week at MIPCOM in Cannes. Organised by distributors BBC Worldwide the event was a huge success. You can hear more on the official MIPCOM blog.
5 NOMINATIONS FOR THE NATIVITY
The Nativity has been nominated for five Gemini Awards. Launched by the Academy of Canadian Cinema &Television in 1986, The Gemini Awards honour outstanding achievements in the Canadian English-language television and new media industries.
Nominations include Best Sound in a Dramatic Program, Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program.
Gareth Scales has been nominated for a Directors Guild of Canada Award for Best Editing of a TV mini series. Entering its 10th year, the DGC Awards has grown to be one of the most-anticipated events of the season and will be held on Saturday, October 29.
HISTORY COLD CASE RETURNS TO BBC2
The History Cold Case team is back for a second series; this time to tackle mysteries surrounding even bigger human archaeological hoardes.
In episode one, the team investigates the remains of 17 people - men, women and children - who were discovered recently in a dry well shaft in Norwich city centre. The story surrounding these bones quickly develops into a suspected medieval murder case but the final reveal of the identity of these people is an even bigger shock to all involved and sheds new light on a period of history that until now we thought we fully understood.
The new series kicks off on Thursday 23rd June 2011 at 9pm on BBC2.
HISTORY COLD CASE is produced by Shine TV in association with Red Planet PicturesHistory Cold Case (Series 2)
NOAH TO GET 'THE NATIVITY' TREATMENT
Following on from the success of 'The Nativity', the BBC has commissioned Tony Jordan to retell the story of Noah and his ark.
The story will focus on the life of Noah and his relationship with God as he battles against evil to build the Ark.
As with 'The Nativity', the story will be told from a very human perspective, with characters that engage us and themes we can relate to. Noah is a story about faith, not only in God, but in the people we love.
Noah will start in production early next year, and will be a one-off drama for BBC1.
MULTI-AWARD WINNING 'THE NATIVITY'
The Nativity emerged as the clear winner at this year's Sandford St.Martin Trust Awards. As well as winning The Premier Award for Excellence in Religious Programming, it was voted the Best Religious Programme of the year in the Radio Times Readers Award.
Tony Jordan picked up the awards at a ceremony held at Lambeth Place, London, alongside Ruth Kenley-Letts (Producer) and Coky Giedroyc (Director).
Click on the link below to read more about the awards in the Media Guardian
TOP CAST ANNOUNCED FOR 'DEATH IN PARADISE'.
Ben Miller (The Armstrong and Miller Show, Primeval) has been cast as DI Richard Poole to star alongside French film star Sara Martins (Tell No One, Little White Lies) in ambitious eight part drama series 'Death in Paradise'.
Ben Miller says: "Death in Paradise is my dream job: a fascinating character, great scripts, superb cast and shooting in the Caribbean with French catering.
Tony Jordan says: "Death in Paradise will be a real treat for a BBC One audience, filmed in the Caribbean and starring Ben Miller alongside sexy French siren Sara Martins, I think our winters are about to get a little hotter."
DOUBLE COMMISSION FOR HISTORY COLD CASE
BBC2 has ordered a second run of the 4 x 60-minute series and a US version of the series, which follows a team from Dundee University investigating human remains, has been ordered by Nat Geo.
Produced in association with Red Planet Pictures, the second BBC2 series traces the scientists as they piece together the background to a bizarre group of caves on the Yorkshire moors, and the recent discovery of a pit full of skeletons, with implications for how the English Civil War is remembered.
The team at Shine has also sold the format to the National Geographic Channel, which will air History Cold Case USA. Featuring US forensic experts tackling the country’s own finds, the series is in pre-production and will premiere in the US later this year.
RED PLANET HEADS TO PARADISE FOR BBC ONE
BBC One and France Télévisions have commissioned Red Planet Pictures to make new internationally ambitious drama series 'Death in Paradise'.
Death in Paradise is the story of a quintessentially English cop posted to the Caribbean island of Sainte Marie. To anyone else it would be paradise, but for Detective Inspector Richard Poole it’s hell! Working with the exotic local, Camille, each week Richard goes about solving an intricate and intriguing murder. The show, produced in collaboration with Atlantique Productions, will start shooting in April and will hit our screens in Autumn 2011.