Introduction - Supervolcano
erupts on BBC ONE this winter
Supervolcano sets fire to a £178m season where science, history,
literary adaptation and natural history join comedy and drama in the
heart of peak time
Supervolcano is a true story - it just hasn't happened yet. Set in
the near future, this factually based drama charts the possible consequences
of one of nature's most cataclysmic events.
Using specially commissioned research from several major scientific
bodies, studies of previous supervolcanic eruptions and predictions
drawn from a range of scientific disciplines, Supervolcano details what
could happen if Yellowstone were to erupt again.
Although there are several supervolcanoes around the world, only the
one beneath Yellowstone National Park in the USA is currently active.
Unlike ordinary volcanoes, supervolcanoes are not obvious from the
Volcanologists believe it is only a matter of time before the molten
magna contained within its chamber will burst out.
When supervolcanoes erupt they do so with a force thousands of times
greater than eruptions such as that at Mount Vesuvius.
Supervolcano will be accompanied by a two part documentary running
on BBC TWO. The Science Behind Supervolcano
explores the cutting edge scientific research that informs the drama
and features experts who monitor the behaviour of supervolcanos around
Ancient history is back this season with Genghis
Khan. Today his name is synonymous with evil, yet in his lifetime
he was a hero.
Was he a brutal monster or a visionary who transformed his country?
Filmed on location in Mongolia, this film looks at the legend behind
Lorraine Heggessey, Controller BBC ONE, said: "BBC ONE continues to
blaze a trail using innovative production techniques to bring specialist
documentary subjects alive for a wide mainstream audience.
"We are constantly broadening the range of programmes in peak
time to inform audiences about the natural, scientific and historical
This season BBC ONE launches a range of new dramas featuring highlights:
Daniel Craig stars in a major adaptation of Robert
Harris' compelling bestseller, Archangel.
Adapted by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, Archangel follows Oxford
historian Fluke Kelso on a dangerous and thrilling race to uncover the
dark mystery behind the alleged secret diaries of Josef Stalin.
Sarah Lancashire and Timothy Spall
star in Cherished, the true story
of Angela Cannings, the mother wrongly convicted of killing two of her
Angela was eventually released following new evidence of a genetic
predisposition to cot death in her family which came to light as part
of a BBC investigation by John Sweeney.
Faith is William Ivory's moving
and passionate story of two sisters' struggle for survival during the
year long conflict between the Thatcher government and the National
Union of Mineworkers (NUM) which began in March 1984. Starring Maxine
Peake and Christine Tremarco.
Adapted from Meera Syal's acclaimed novel, Life
Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee follows Tania, Sunita and Chila, who
have been close and somewhat unlikely friends since their schooldays,
as they navigate their way through the emotional roller-coaster of their
thirties - the time when the real growing up is done.
Acclaimed actor Christopher Eccleston hits our
screens this winter as Doctor Who
with Billie Piper as the Doctor's companion Rose Tyler.
More details will be released early next year.
Set in 19th century London, Fingersmith
is the story of a con man, Rivers, who embarks on the most ambitious
scam of his career.
Adapted from Sarah Waters' Booker nominated novel, it stars Imelda
Staunton, Charles Dance and Rupert
Other factual highlights this winter include:
In 1991 two climbers discovered the perfectly preserved body of a 5,300
year old man. The Iceman Murder
uses hi-tech scientific research, forensic investigative methods and
multiple storyline dramatic reconstruction to build a picture of the
world of the man they have called Otzi.
The story of evolution is brought to life on screen for us as Steve
Leonard learns how we are related to all 30 million species
on earth in Journey Of Life.
From the poll tax riots to fuel protests, from demonstrations against
the transportation of live animals to the fight for fathers' rights,
People Power explores what motivates
everyday people to stop watching the news and start making it.
The Adventures of Robert Louis Stevenson
explores the life and work of the world famous author behind BBC ONE's
new Sunday family drama Kidnapped.
Kidnapped stars Iain Glen and Paul McGann
in the tale of two men who escape murder and shipwreck on a quest for
justice in 1760s Scotland.
Soprano Lesley Garrett presents a drama-documentary
that recreates the atmosphere of the 19th century waltz and looks at
the work of Johann Strauss, Vienna's Waltz
Adrian is 13. Grandchild Of The Holocaust
is his journey to discover the truth of what happened to his grandmother,
Rene, during her four-year incarceration in Auschwitz and Belsen.*
From big hair and beyond in entertainment this season:
This season BBC ONE launches a brand new sitcom from My Family creator,
The World According To Bex stars
Jessica Stevenson as Bex Atwell, a secretary who's
stuck in an 'almost' world - 'almost' in a relationship, 'almost' in
a good job, 'almost' a size 10/12.
Also starring Greg Wise, Raquel Cassidy
and Zita Sattar.
BBC ONE celebrates the 10th Comic Relief
Red Nose Day on March 11 2005.
Since its launch Comic Relief has raised over £310m for projects in
both Africa and here in the UK.
This year is about big hair and beyond - changing the way you look
for a day to transform someone else's life forever.
In a television career that has spanned 98 shows, 12 series, Christmas
specials and 30 years in the business, Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker
have entertained millions with their inimitable brand of humour.
The Two Ronnies Sketchbook reunites
these comedy legends in a celebration of their work including The Phantom
Raspberry Blower, Mastermind and Swedish Made Simple.
Notes to Editors
*Grandchild Of The Holocaust is part of the BBC's commitment to Holocaust
For more information on BBC Television programming relating to Holocaust
Memorial Day please refer to the BBC TWO Winter press pack available
on 2 December 2004.