Jimmy McGovern, one of the most accomplished screenwriters
in British film and Television has been commissioned to write a new
six-part drama series for BBC ONE, it was announced today by Jane Tranter,
BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning.
The critically-acclaimed writer of Cracker, Hillsborough,
Sunday and award-winning films Priest and Liam returns to BBC ONE for
the first time since The Lakes, with a new drama production set in his
Tranter says: "This new project is a highly-authored,
signature drama by one of Britain's foremost writing talents.
"Jimmy's ability to engage an audience with thought-provoking
and challenging dramas sets him apart from other modern-day writers.
"This six-part production is an emotional, funny, poignant
and relevant drama series, exploring the lives of an ordinary community."
Jimmy McGovern says: "I look around me and see poverty,
crime, drugs and violence, yes, I also see a lot of love. And that's
what I'm doing: telling love stories."
Executive producer, Sita Williams, says: "I can't think
of a better writer than Jimmy McGovern to combine the realities of 21st
Century life with the ordinary emotions of everyone everywhere."
John Yorke and Lucy Richer, joint Head of Independent
Drama adds: "Jimmy has set out to write love stories from the back streets
of Liverpool - the real, messy, glorious working class world McGovern
grew up in, amidst the people he knows best.
"These are stories of friendship, family, love
and betrayal, told with wit and passion, celebrating a community. Jimmy's
trademark is an addictive ability to turn the tables on the audience
at the most unexpected moments.
"With each episode concentrating on a different
house in the street, each story is unique and individual but linked
by community, shared experience and an indomitable sense of humour."
A Granada production for BBC ONE, the executive producers
are Sita Williams (Granada), John Yorke and Lucy Richer (BBC). Filming
begins in October for five months for transmission in early 2006.