BBC unveils slate of six new dramas

This includes a new project from This is England's Shane Meadows.

The BBC’s Piers Wenger has announced that six new drama series are in development. 

The broadcaster’s Director of Drama made the announcement yesterday at a virtual press event describing these new commissions as “quality and ambitious dramas that are pushing the boundaries.”

A “love letter to black British music set in South London” Candice Carty-Williams’s Champion will follow rapper Bosco as he returns from prison “ready to dominate the music industry once more.” 

Everything I Know About Love is journalist Dolly Alderton’s adaptation of her own memoir of the same name “which provides an unflinching account of surviving your 20s.” 

This is England creator Shane Meadows is set to write The Gallows Pole about the rise and fall of 18th century criminal David Hartley who created huge amounts of fake currency with his gang the Cragg Vale Coiners.

With the working title of Cash Carraway, the fourth project starring This Country’s Daisy May Cooper as a young single mum is a “wild and punky tale of being trapped below the poverty line and doing everything it takes to escape.”

Wahala is to be adapted from Nikki May’s debut novel centered around three thirty-something Anglo-Nigerian friends Simi, Ronke and Boo. Bonds begin to unravel and tensions mount with tragic consequences as they welcome the wealthy, charismatic Isobel into their group. 

The final four-part project Marriage will explore “the fears, frustrations and salvation of marriage and the comfort that can only be found in togetherness.”

Wenger also confirmed that Michaela Coel is now working on her follow up to the critically-acclaimed I May Destroy You but didn’t give any details regarding its subject matter. 

New seasons of the hugely popular shows Peaky Blinders, Call the Midwife, Silent Witness and Shetland are also in the works. 

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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