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Decades - 30 landmark films for BBC TWO

Category: TV Drama; BBC TWO; Scotland

Date: 12.04.2006
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Roly Keating, Controller of BBC TWO, and Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, have announced Decades - one of the most ambitious drama projects in British television history.


Roly Keating says: "Decades is the kind of rule-breaking broadcasting BBC TWO was invented for - diverse, individualistic and wildly ambitious.


"It combines the impact of a great epic with the intimacy and variety that only single drama can bring.


"Within a broad guiding framework we'll be giving the writers huge scope to capture a particular moment of history in the way that they choose.


"The plays will all be very different, but together I believe they will add up to a kind of alternative history of an entire generation.


"I once described BBC TWO as the channel of record for British culture: it's projects like this that bring that vision to life."


Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, adds: "Thirty single films, scripted by 30 of the best British writers - Decades will chart the last 35 years of our social, political and cultural history, providing an incredibly rich picture of our past through the individual voices of 30 British writers.


"This landmark project will be the boldest undertaking by BBC Drama to date.


"We are in discussion with a number of writers, and ideas are still being formulated, but the ambition at the heart of this project is to capture the essence of the last four decades which will resonate with our audience on a very personal level."


In keeping with the ambition of the project, Decades will be a co-production between BBC in-house Drama and BBC Scotland, the executive producers are Anne Mensah and Sarah Brandist.


Fifteen films will be produced by the BBC with a further 15 independently produced.







Category: TV Drama; BBC TWO; Scotland

Date: 12.04.2006
Printable version


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