BBC reveals commissions at Edinburgh

Lucy Worsley and Len Goodman dancing Keep dancing: Lucy Worsley joins Strictly's Len Goodman as they dance through the ages for BBC Four

The bosses of BBC One, Two, Three and Four have announced new commissions at the Edinburgh International TV Festival. Ariel outlines their forthcoming programmes.


Emily Watson and James Norton Emily Watson will feature in a drama about 7/7, while James Norton will appear in Lady Chatterley's Lover

In addition to commissions revealed earlier this week, channel controller Charlotte Moore announced the following programmes:


  • Lady Chatterley's Lover - Holliday Grainger and Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden will take the title roles in Jed Mercurio's adaptation of DH Lawrence's controversial novel. Rising star James Norton will also feature as Lady Chatterley's cuckolded husband in the 90-minute drama, which will film in Wales this October and air in the channel's season of classic 20th Century literature next year
  • The Living and the Dead - A six-part series, from the writers of Life on Mars, will follow the adventures of a gentleman farmer investigating paranormal events. Set in 1880s Somerset, the drama will film in the West Country next year
  • From Darkness - Four-part drama about a former Manchester policewoman whose past investigations come back to haunt her after four bodies are unearthed. Scripted by Katie Baxendale and developed in-house in Salford, after a pitch through BBC Writersroom
  • A Song for Jenny - Emily Watson will lead a factual drama about one woman's response to her daughter's death in the July 7 bombings in London. Adapted from Julie Nicholson's book, it will mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks


  • Mountain Goats - Six-part studio sitcom about the antics of Mountain Rescue volunteers in the Highlands. Produced in-house in Scotland, it originated from BBC One's Comedy Playhouse pilot Miller's Mountain earlier this year


  • 24 Hours in the Past - Six famous people will experience the life of workers in 19th Century Britain, supervised by historian Ruth Goodman (Victorian Farm). The four-part programme promises to be a "dirty, smelly immersive history series"


Hugh Bonneville From W1A to Shakespeare - Hugh Bonneville has been cast in the Hollow Crown


  • The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses - Judi Dench and Sophie Okonedo will join Benedict Cumberbatch in an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Richard III. Tom Sturridge has been cast as Henry VI in the BBC Two trilogy, while Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins will play the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Keeley Hawes will also appear as Queen Elizabeth, wife to King Edward IV
  • Stonemouth - The two-part drama of Iain Banks' novel will be the first TV adaptation of his work since his death in 2013. BBC Scotland and Slate North will produce the rite of passage tale set in a fictional Aberdeenshire village


  • The Javone Prince Show - Award-winning comedian Javone Prince (Horrible Histories, PhoneShop) will explore contemporary multicultural Britain in a four-part sketch show filmed in front of a live audience
  • Boy Meets Girl - Dubbed "Britain's first transgender sitcom", the six-part series was commissioned after a pilot at the BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase. Elliott Kerrigan' script was discovered through BBC Writersroom's Trans Comedy Award last year and revolves around Leo, a recently-fired worker who starts a relationship with an older woman.
  • Backchat - Jack Whitehall's chat show, co-hosted with his dad [and former theatrical agent] Michael, will transfer to the channel from BBC Three with the usual, eclectic line-up of guests


  • A Black History of Britain with David Olusoga - The historian, recently seen presenting The World's War, will front a six-part landmark series, exploring the impact of the African diaspora from Roman legionaries via the Domesday Book to current times
  • The Mekong River with Sue Perkins - The Bake Off host has travelled nearly 3,000 miles through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and China to South East Asia's greatest river in a four-part series

Gothic season

BBC Two and BBC Four have joined up with the British Library for a celebration of all things Gothic, including:

  • A Dark And Stormy Night: When Horror was Born (BBC Two) - Famous literary faces will look back on the creation of Mary Shelley's novel
  • The Art of Gothic: the Shock of the Old (BBC Four) - Andrew Graham-Dixon explores how Victorian society was inspired by the past when it created some of Britain's most famous artworks and buildings
  • The Genius of the Gothic - Dr Janina Ramirez looks at Perpendicular Gothic, Britain's first cultural style
  • Great Scotts! The family that built Britain - Dan Cruickshank looks back at Gothic architecture's most influential family
  • Goths at the BBC - BBC Four digs into the archives, uncovering classic performances from Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, The Cure, Sisters of Mercy, The Mission and more

BBC Three

The Fulford family The aristocratic Fulford family will be the subject of a BBC Three documentary series


  • Fried - Six-part series about staff in a struggling branch of a fast food chain
  • Josh - Flatshare sitcom co-written and starring Josh Widdicombe. Commissioned after a pilot on the BBC Comedy Feeds strand
  • Top Coppers - From the makers of Cuckoo, an action comedy that tracks the adventures of detectives Mahogany and Rust in the fictional world of Justice City
  • Together - Romantic comedy based on Radio 4's Hard To Tell, where each episode centres on a couple in a new relationship


  • Life is Toff - Six-part series following the Fulford family - masters of a 3000-acre estate in Devon - and dubbed "Britain's most chaotic and loveable aristocrats"

Disability season

  • Disability High - Series about students attending National Star College in Cheltenham, where all pupils are disabled
  • The Three Musketeers - One-off programme follows three hell-raising friends as they graduate from Derwen College in Shropshire, a specialist residential college for youngsters with learning disabilities
  • The Totally Senseless Gameshow - Newsround presenter Martin Dougan and a cast of non-disabled teams and celebrity guests play with taboos in a tongue-in-cheek mock gameshow
  • The World's Worst Place to be Disabled - Journalist Sophie Morgan, who has been in a wheelchair since the age of 18, will travel around countries that have some of the worst disability rights, including one where disabled children are banned from schools
  • Amal Fashanu: Where is a home for Amir? - The presenter, who fronted a previous documentary about homophobia in football, explores what happens to disabled teens when they get kicked out by the care system, as she tries to help her half-brother Amir
  • Personal Services - The two-part documentary will focus on young disabled people who employ carers to provide assistance
  • My Broken Brain: Britain's Secret Disability - Charlie Elmore, a young victim of a brain injury, retraces her story from a snowboarding accident to the reality of living with the consequences
  • The Truth about becoming Disabled - Former sportsman and actor Peter Mitchell presents a one-off documentary following newly disabled youngsters through their recovery process
  • The Boy who wants to cut his leg off - Dillon Chapman has over 200 tumours due to an extreme form of Neurofibromatosis. The documentary explores whether the 11-year-old should make the decision to have his severely debilitating leg amputated
  • My Baby - Award-winning programme maker Ben Antony directs a drama documentary of a disabled couple's struggle to keep their baby

BBC Four

Saga Noren Scandi-noir fans can look forward to a third series of The Bridge


  • Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An intimate history of dance - Lucy Worsley and Len Goodman reveal how Britain's favourite dances from the 17th Century to World War II offer a window into society and relationships
  • Spider House - Dr Alice Roberts and Dr Tim Cockerill explore how spiders behave in a domestic environment
  • Treasures of the Indus - Art historian Sona Datta presents a three-part series on art from South Asia

Storyville: Love in the 21st Century season

  • Love is All: 100 Years of Love and Courtship - A celluloid story on the themes of love since the invention of the movie camera, directed by Kim Longinotto with a Richard Hawley soundtrack
  • The Love Hotel - Film exploring the Japanese love hotel culture
  • 112 Weddings - Doug Block, who has filmed a total of 112 weddings, visits some of the couples to find out about marital life in the long term

International drama

  • Cordon - Belgian 10-parter depicting the impact of a deadly virus that causes Antwerp to be sealed off from the outside world
  • Scandinavian thriller The Bridge and French crime drama Spiral will also return with new series.

More production details are available here for BBC One, Two, Three and Four.


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