Charlotte Moore announces range of new programmes across drama, factual and comedy for BBC One

I want to drive that creative ambition and risk-taking into all corners of the channel and challenge ourselves to be even more distinctive.Charlotte Moore
Date: 22.08.2014     Last updated: 22.08.2014 at 14.44
Speaking today at the Edinburgh Television Festival, BBC One Controller, Charlotte Moore, talks about her first year at the helm, and announces a range of new programmes across drama, factual and comedy.

Charlotte says: “I’ve really enjoyed my first year running Britain’s most popular TV channel, watched by more than 40 million viewers each week. BBC One kept tradition by coming out on top on Christmas Day and during the World Cup BBC One did what it does best: brought the nation together with four times as many viewers choosing us for the final.

"It’s incredibly exciting to see my BBC One take shape, with many of the programmes I’ve commissioned now on air. Recent weeks have seen everyone talking about the arrival of The Great British Bake Off, alongside successful new launches of comedy series Boomers, Kay Mellor’s In The Club - and on Saturday the mesmerising new Doctor lands on the channel.

"One of the highlights of the year so far is the much-talked-about Happy Valley; for me it encapsulates a modern day BBC One - authentic, surprising, complex, emotional, provocative and of world-class quality. It demonstrates that when you push the boundaries the audience responds. I want to drive that creative ambition and risk-taking into all corners of the channel and challenge ourselves to be even more distinctive. Authenticity runs through everything I’m trying to do on BBC One, and the new programme commissions that I’m announcing today underline this focus. Inspiring talent and discovering new voices to tell universal stories in unexpected ways to bring audiences the very best quality programming.

"The creative vibrancy of British drama rivals any in the world right now, and BBC One plays a very proud and important role in that story. Today, I’m announcing three new dramas that reflect the range of drama that you can only find on BBC One. From the creators of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes comes new fantasy series The Living And The Dead, steeped in real history and mythology that will scare the audience and awaken the dead. From Darkness brings new writing talent to the channel - Katie Baxendale’s first original commission is a powerful and provocative new serial; and Frank McGuiness’ A Song For Jenny is a provocative single drama that explores Julie Nicholson’s response to her daughter Jenny’s murder in the July 7th London bombing.

"In factual, I want to introduce new tones to the channel. New four-part series 24 Hours In The Past will bring living history to BBC One in a hard-core way. Viewers will get up close and personal with what it was like to be poor in Victorian Britain in this new series, as six famous faces travel back in time to undertake the endurance challenge of a lifetime.

"I’m committed to expanding the range of comedy on BBC One too, and I’m announcing a new studio sitcom series, Mountain Goats, which began life as one of three Comedy Playhouse one-offs earlier this year (Miller’s Mountain). Set in the Highlands, it revolves around the antics of an energetic ragtag group of Mountain Rescue volunteers.

"As well as challenging myself to discover the next big hits of the future, the job of running BBC One is as much about cherishing our much-loved long-running shows and making sure they feel modern, fresh and in touch with the audience.

"We’ve got a really exciting breadth of shows coming up with Our Girl and The Missing, a new series of Strictly with Tess and Claudia, Life Story with David Attenborough, the FA Cup returning to the channel, an uncompromising documentary series on The Met, new primetime arts series The Big Picture and EastEnders 30th anniversary.”

Full details and links to press releases on all the new commissions can be found below.


The Living And The Dead

From Darkness

A Song For Jenny


Mountain Goats - an energetic studio sitcom set around the antics of a ragtag group of Mountain Rescue volunteers. Set in the Highlands, the series takes us from pub to hillside as our ramshackle family try to save walkers, climbers, dogs and, most often, themselves.

Mountain Goats (6x30') began life as Miller’s Mountain, one of three Comedy Playhouse one-offs for BBC One earlier this year. It’s written by Donald McLeary, directed by Matt Lipsey, produced by Owen Bell and stars Jimmy Chisholm, Kevin Guthrie, Sharon Rooney, Kathryn Howden and David Ireland. The series is a BBC Scotland/BBC In-house Comedy production; the executive producers are Steven Canny and Ewan Angus. Commissioned with Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy.


Four-part series 24 Hours In The Past is a living, breathing, dirty, smelly immersive history series that reveals daily life as it really was for the poorest of the poor in Victorian Britain. Continuously filmed in original, authentic locations over four days and nights, six famous faces will travel back in time to undertake the endurance challenge of a lifetime as they struggle to cope with 24 hours in some of Victorian Britain’s toughest workplaces.

Using real life testimonies from the time to bring the past back to life, there will be real blood, sweat and tears as we experience first-hand the hardships they must have endured. Supervised by Ruth Goodman (Victorian Farm) they will have to work just as our predecessors did – in the most gruelling, back-breaking, blister inducing, vomit-worthy jobs imaginable.

A Darlow Smithson production. Executive producers are Fi Cotter Craig and Rachel Morgan; Mark Ball is the series producer. Commissioned with Emma Willis, Head of BBC Documentary Commissioning.