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2006

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BBC ONE Autumn 2006



BBC ONE puts talent at the heart of the autumn season of programming


This season the proof is in the talent as Peter Fincham, Controller BBC ONE, unveils a schedule packed with new and established names, both in front of and behind the camera.

 

Launching the BBC ONE autumn season of programmes, Peter Fincham says: "Last year when I set out my stall for BBC ONE I talked about three key things - quality, range and talent. This season's got all three.

 

"You won't see any narrowing of the range on BBC ONE - there's drama, comedy, comedy drama, entertainment, documentaries, current affairs, science, arts and history - you name it, it's there.

 

"And quality is delivered across the schedule with ground-breaking drama, innovative specialist factual series and the sharpest new comedy.

 

"But above all this is a BBC ONE bursting with top talent. Some old, some new, some familiar, some almost unknown. BBC ONE's the biggest stage around and it needs the best talent to fill it - I think we've got it this autumn.

 

"A modern, exciting, rich and surprising BBC ONE - that's what we're aiming for here."

 

In drama, newcomers Jonas Armstrong and Ruth Wilson take on two iconic lead roles as Robin Hood and Jane Eyre respectively; Sally Wainwright tackles politics with heart in The Amazing Mrs Pritchard and award-winning writer and director Dominic Savage addresses the issue of social inequality in Britain today in a major one-off film drama with the working title London.

 

Fresh from success on the award-winning Bleak House, Susanna White directs Jane Eyre.

 

Dominic Minghella's Robin Hood features Keith Allen as the Sheriff of Nottingham and Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisborne; Colin Firth, Anne-Marie Duff, David Oyelowo and Robert Carlyle star in London; Hermoine Norris joins the Spooks team; and Toby Stephens plays Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre.

 

Lizzie Mickery and Dan Percival, previously known for BBC ONE's Dirty War, have set a conspiracy thriller starring Jason Issacs in the diplomatic worlds of Britain and the US in The State Within, The Innocence Project, made by Paul Abbot's award-winning production company Tightrope, introduces a cast of fresh new acting talent to the pre-watershed audience led by Lloyd Owen (Monarch of the Glen).

 

In comedy and entertainment, some of the biggest names in the business - Jonathan Ross, Graham Norton, Bruce Forsyth, Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash, Dawn French, Sue Johnston and Jennifer Saunders - are joined by artists established off the screen but commissioned for the first time on BBC ONE.

 

Omid Djalili is one of Britain's best known contemporary comic performers and a multi-award-winning stand-up comedian, and now he is writing and appearing in his own BBC ONE stand-up and sketch show; Bafta award-winning comic Lee Mack writes and stars in Not Going Out, a brand new sitcom; and Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller are re-united in The Armstrong and Miller Show.

 

Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash, Ralf Little and Liz Smith are back together again as the nation's favourite family return in a one-off special of The Royle Family.

 

Five comedy drama singles this autumn showcase an abundance of on-screen and writing talent.

 

Peter Capaldi (The Thick Of It) and Sarah Parish (Much Ado About Nothing; Cutting It) star in Aftersun, written by David Nicholls (Cold Feet); Ralph Ineson (The Office) stars in Magnolia, written by Dave Spikey (co-writer and co-star of Phoenix Nights); Sarah Lancashire stars in Angel Cake; Lenny Henry in Berry's Way; and Alan Davies in The Good Housekeeping Guide.

 

Written by Jennifer Saunders and starring Sue Johnston, Joanna Lumley, Dawn French, David Mitchell, Sally Phillips, Maggie Steed, Doreen Mantle and Pauline McLynn, Jam and Jerusalem takes an affectionate look at village life and the empathy and togetherness found in a local community where everyone knows everyone else's business.

 

Planet Earth returns to continue the ultimate portrait of our planet with six more programmes covering new habitats with the same unique depth and access as the first series.

 

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, Polar, Plains, Forests, Jungles, the Shallow Sea and Ocean Deep are all featured. Using innovative filming techniques means the Planet Earth team have been able to deliver astonishing and critically acclaimed programming.

 

In science, Head Doctors spends a year with the patients and doctors at one of the world's leading brain hospitals, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, bringing viewers a dramatic insight into the pioneering work of a 200-year-old institution.

 

Professor Robert Winston draws on his 30 years of experience in the field to present a landmark series that follows couples desperate to conceive as they receive the newest treatments available. A Child Against All Odds will examine the complex moral and social issues, following ordinary people in extraordinary situations.

 

Who Do You Think You Are? puts its roots down on BBC ONE this autumn and lining up to delve into their family pasts are stars from stage and screen: Barbara Windsor, David Tennant, Colin Jackson, Julia Sawalha, Jeremy Irons, Nigella Lawson, Robert Lindsay and David Dickinson.

 

Griff Rhys Jones explores Rudyard Kipling's life and work in an arts documentary travelling to his homes in India, Pakistan and Britain and What Not To Wear returns to BBC ONE with two exciting new presenters - Mica Paris and Lisa Butcher.

 

Strictly Come Dancing returns to the channel for a fourth series of the hugely successful Saturday night entertainment show, and Boycie and Marlene celebrate their first year in the country in The Green Green Grass.

 

Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of An Empire charts a period of 600 years from the rise of the emperors to the sacking of Rome and allows viewers to witness great battles, rivalries, rebellions and momentous achievements as they happened centuries ago.

 

JF


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