BBC orders new drama from Abi Morgan

Abi Morgan Abi Morgan won the Emmy award for outstanding writing for her work on The Hour

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BBC One has commissioned a new crime drama from Emmy award-winning writer Abi Morgan.

The six-part series, known as RIVER, will focus on fictional police officer John River, who is described as a genius with a fragile mind.

Morgan recently won an Emmy award for writing BBC Two newsroom drama The Hour, which was set in the 1950s and followed the lives of fictional BBC journalists at the former Lime Grove studios in London.

However the corporation cancelled the programme earlier this year after two series.

RIVER will be Morgan's first original series for BBC One and channel controller Charlotte Moore said she was "truly gripped" after reading the script.

Dominic West Dominic West starred as a news presenter in The Hour

"Abi is one of Britain's most distinctive and original storytellers and her ability to push the boundaries of the genre in surprising ways makes RIVER her perfect debut on BBC One."

Morgan also adapted Sebastian Faulks's war novel Birdsong for BBC One in 2012, and wrote screenplays for the films Shame and The Iron Lady.

RIVER will be produced by Kudos, which also made The Hour and ITV's Broadchurch, and starts filming in London next year.

It will be executive produced by Morgan, alongside Jane Featherstone and Manda Levin, for Kudos, and Lucy Richer for the BBC.

The drama will be broadcast in 2015.

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