BBC One Winter/Spring 2007
Fresh, varied and modern BBC One for 2007
An exciting new look for Castaway, James Nesbitt as a modern Jekyll and Hyde, the return of Jessie Wallace, and Panorama and The One Show firmly placed in the peak-time schedule are just a few of the highlights of a packed new schedule of programming on BBC One.
Launching the BBC One Winter/Spring 2007 season of programmes Peter Fincham, Controller, BBC One says:
"2007 launches with a new look to the BBC One schedule. Multi-award winning Panorama is back in the heart of the peak time schedule, and will be joined in the spring by a long term commission for The One Show.
"In drama James Nesbitt takes on the most challenging role of his career to date as both Jekyll and Hyde in Steven Moffat's modern, seductive and dark take on a classic story. In multi-stranded thriller Five Days the action unfolds over five days of an intense investigation into a missing woman, wife and mother.
"The comedy pilot scheme I launched earlier this year with Lucy Lumsden, Controller Comedy Commissioning, has spawned three new series for 2007 – Ronni Ancona & Co, After You've Gone and The Omid Djalili Show.
"And I'm thrilled Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse are back on the channel with a brand new sketch show, The Harry Enfield Show.
"Castaway, the first reality television show and the ultimate social experiment, returns to BBC One in 2007. The venue may have changed, from Scotland to New Zealand, but the intention is still the same – take a group of ordinary people out of their normal environment and discover how they choose to shape their new community.
"Plus we've got The Apprentice coming to BBC One with Sir Alan Sugar, and a new assistant for Doctor Who.
"BBC One has never felt fresher, more varied or more modern. This season's bursting at the seams with great ideas and top talent."
Multi award-winning current affairs series Panorama returns to the heart of the BBC One schedule from January 2007.
Jeremy Vine is the new face of the programme which will transmit each Monday at 8.30pm. The switch to Mondays will see Panorama's peak time output increase from 15.5 hours to 28 hours, made up of 48 30-minute episodes and four one-hour specials.
Elsewhere in the fresh new BBC One schedule The One Show returns in the spring for a permanent run. Following a successful debut in summer 2006, presenters Adrian Chiles and Nadia Sawalha will be in the studio five nights a week at 7pm, introducing items from across the UK including topical features, consumer stories and current affairs investigations.
Drama continues to take centre stage on BBC One with a distinctive range of tones and voices across 2007.
Five Days is a gripping, multi-stranded thriller from Gwyneth Hughes (Cherished) boasting a stellar cast including Hugh Bonneville, Janet McTeer, David Oyelowo and Edward Woodward.
A young mother and her children are seemingly abducted, and the drama unfolds on days one, three, 28, 33 and 79 of the investigation. The children are found, but she is not.
Britain's finest television, film and stage actors star alongside talented newcomers in a new film for BBC One written and directed by the award-winning Stephen Poliakoff.
The drama explores the relationship between Eliot (Michael Gambon), a reclusive billionaire, and Joe (newcomer Danny Lee Wynter), the teenage son of a cleaner who takes care of a grand neighbouring house. The film also starring Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks).
Jessie Wallace makes a welcome return to BBC One as single mum Candy in one-off drama A Class Apart. Candy is a downtrodden single mum who is determined to get her son taught at the local high achieving school.
The film also stars Nathaniel Parker (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) and George Cole (Minder) and is written by Bafta-nominated Tony Grounds.
James Nesbitt stars in a remarkable conspiracy thriller as writer Steven Moffat gives a classic tale of scientific misadventure a modern twist for BBC One in Jekyll.
And from World Productions (Cathy Come Home, This Life) come two original new dramas for BBC One: Lilies and Rough Diamond.
Set in the years immediately following the First World War, Lilies, by acclaimed writer Heidi Thomas, details the lives of Iris, May and Ruby Moss, Catholic sisters coming of age in a dockland terraced house in Liverpool. Rough Diamond is set in beautiful rural Southern Ireland and takes as its backdrop the elegant world of horse racing.
Returning series go from strength to strength this season on BBC One.
David Tennant returns as Doctor Who with newcomer Freema Agyeman stepping into Billie Piper's shoes as his new cohort, medical student Martha Jones.
Tara Fitzgerald joins the cast of Waking the Dead; the doors of Hotel Babylon re-open; Jimmy McGovern's award-winning drama, The Street, returns with more stories of friendship, love and betrayal and it's term-time again at the turbulent Waterloo Road.
And in an extra special treat for devoted fans, series two of Life on Mars will finally reveal just what Sam Tyler is doing in 1973. But what becomes of Gene Hunt?
Following the success of Picture of Britain, David Dimbleby returns to author and present How We Built Britain, the dramatic and heroic story of the nation's architecture.
From magnificent cathedrals to the privations of a Glasgow tenement, from the splendours of the most palatial stately home to the urban terraced house, and from the invention of Britain's industrial cities to the romance of the thatched cottage – David tells the story of How We Built Britain.
In Superstorm, a team of scientists attempt to do the seemingly impossible … and control the weather.
Made by the team behind Supervolcano, this science based thriller looks at what might happen if fantasy became reality and you were asked to divert a hurricane from a prosperous urban area. Where do you divert hurricanes to? Who decides who lives and who dies?
Superstorm's Anglo-American cast includes Nicola Stephenson and Tom Sizemore.
In Play It Again six celebrities are taken out of their comfort zone as they each learn how to play a musical instrument. Diane Abbott MP takes on the classical piano; Jo Brand the organ; Aled Jones the rock drums; Bill Oddie the electric guitar; Frank Skinner the banjo and Lord Robert Winston the saxophone.
Play It Again reveals much more than the celebrities' dedication and musical aptitude, it also delves into why they now want to explore the world of music and performance.
Seven years on Danny Wallace is our guide to Castaway 2007. This is a cross-channel/cross-platform project, so will feature programmes on BBC One and BBC Three as well as interactive features.
In the last series there was one set of castaways; this time the group will evolve throughout the three months of the project which is broadcast live. One viewer will be able to join the experiment during the run in a remote location in New Zealand.
In comedy the pilot scheme launched earlier this year has resulted in three commissions for 2007. After You've Gone was created by Fred Barron (My Family) and stars Nicholas Lyndhurst and Celia Imrie as a thoroughly incompatible son and mother-in-law forced into living together.
Multi-faceted mimic Ronni Ancona returns to BBC One with a new series which takes a sideswipe at the celebrity masses through impressions and character sketches. Ronni is joined by a different special impressionist guest for each show, including Jan Ravens and John Sessions.
Omid Djalili, one of Britain's best contemporary comic performers, joins BBC One with his self titled stand-up and sketch show.
Entertainment sees the return of the duet-singing showdown, Just the Two Of Us, and brand new quiz show The People's Quiz.
BBC One is scouring the length and breadth of the country to find the best quiz contestant in the UK but, in a unique twist, questions will be published in advance of the auditions, allowing everyone in the UK to test their general knowledge and polish their quiz show skills.