Coming Down The Mountain - a new one-off drama for
Coming Down The Mountain, for BBC One, is the first TV drama written by the
award-winning novelist Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The
Night-Time), and bears his distinctive and powerful simplicity of style.
original and poignant 90-minute film looks at the unusual relationship
between two teenage brothers.
The film sees through the eyes of a typical teenage boy, with a very colourful
"We're just an accident. A load of mixed-up chemicals. Change
the recipe and we'd be really big potatoes with eye-tentacles... Of course,
sometimes they do change the recipe and you get a brother who really is a big
potato with eye-tentacles. And then you might as well talk to the dog..."
Teenager David (Nicholas Hoult - Skins, About A Boy) falls in love for the
first time and life couldn't be better.
The only fly in the ointment is his
17-year-old brother, Ben (Tommy Jessop), who has Down's Syndrome.
The family's world revolves around Ben's needs while David's are unwittingly
neglected by their parents (Neil Dudgeon - Sorted, The Street - and Julia Ford -
All About George, In A Land Of Plenty).
They decide to move the family from
London to "the back of beyond" for the sake of Ben's education.
love, friends and his school. His antipathy to Ben grows and grows to the point
where he decides to push him off a mountain and get rid of him once and for
The drama takes the two boys on a journey to the dangerous and strange
wilderness of Snowdonia.
Mark Haddon says: "I began writing Coming Down The Mountain with the idea of
creating a meaty role for a young actor with Down's Syndrome.
"It ended up as a
film about the stuff of every teenager's life - love, sex, friends, school,
depression, anxiety, parents, parties, siblings, mountains, murder, ice-cream,
Darth Vader, nipple-rings."
Coming Down The Mountain comes in a year where BBC Drama is proud to serve
audiences a rich drama menu, ranging from Doctor Who to the star-studded
Poliakoff films, from Five Days to Life On Mars.
Sarah Brandist, BBC Commissioning Editor, Independent Drama, says: "Coming Down The Mountain is an extraordinarily touching film.
"Mark's writing has
brilliantly captured what it's like in a family with two teenage boys who have
very different perspectives on life growing up.
"We follow their journey
together literally through their ups and downs, which is incredibly funny,
moving and real."
Coming Down The Mountain is directed by Julie Anne Robinson Blackpool, Grey's
Anatomy) and is made by Tiger Aspect Productions Ltd (Robin Hood, Omagh,
It is produced by Roanna Benn (After Sun), and executive
produced for Tiger Aspect by Greg Brenman (Recovery, Billy Elliott) and for the
BBC by Sarah Brandist.
Filming is on location in London and Snowdonia.
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