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Coming Down The Mountain - a new one-off drama for
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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.

 

This 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 interior life...

 

"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.

 

David loses 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 all...

 

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, Murphy's Law).

 

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.

 

Coming Down The Mountain looks at a family unit where one child is different - but which child? And the challenges it causes - but to which child?

 

DG

 

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Category: TV Drama; BBC One
Date: 26.02.2007
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