BBC One Autumn 2007
Quality, range and talent dominate this autumn on BBC One
Behind closed doors with Her Majesty The Queen, an exclusive set of interviews with Tony Blair as he departs Number 10 and some of the best talent in the business, this is a stellar autumn season of programming on BBC One.
Peter Fincham, Controller, BBC One, says: "We're keeping up the pace of change on BBC One. This autumn sees the introduction of a new nightly news summary at 8pm each weekday evening.
"Designed to bridge the gap between the Six and Ten O'Clock news, it joins Panorama, now firmly established in the 8.30pm Monday slot, and The One Show, each weeknight at 7pm.
"In drama fresh new talent mix with some of the finest and most established talent the industry has to offer. Newcomers Danny Lee Wynter and Tommy Jessop lead Stephen Poliakoff's Joe's Palace and Mark Haddon's (The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time) Coming Down The Mountain respectively.
"Dame Judi Dench, Sir Michael Gambon and Philip Glenister return to BBC One in Cranford, created by award-winning producer Sue Birtwistle (Pride And Prejudice) and Susie Conklin and written by Heidi Thomas (Lilies). And four talented contemporary writers have each taken a classic fairy tale and re-invigorated them for a modern BBC One audience.
"Michael Palin takes us on a unique journey to New Europe and Alan Titchmarsh travels the length and breadth of our country to explore the huge diversity of The Nature Of Britain.
"Saturday nights will be bursting at the seams with top entertainment as Strictly Come Dancing and Robin Hood return, along with a dazzling one-off special Eurovision Dance Contest presented by Graham Norton and Claudia Winkleman.
"With remarkable access, our cameras have gone behind closed doors with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, and Tony Blair speaks candidly about his ten years as Prime Minister."
Four classic fairy tales, made popular by The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson and Charles Perrault, are re-invigorated by contemporary writers and brought to life by an array of leading artists this autumn on BBC One.
Adapted by Debbie Horsfield (Cutting It, True Dare Kiss), Denise Van Outen (Any Dream Will Do, Chicago) and Liz White (Life On Mars) star in The Empress's New Clothes. Just as the fairy-tale Emperor defines himself through his fine clothes, Debbie's heroine, a fading soap star, is an uncompromising slave to fashion...
The other Fairy Tales featured in the anthology include Rapunzel, starring Lee Ingleby, Charity Wakefield and Shaun Williamson; Cinderella starring James Nesbitt and Maxine Peake; and Billy Goat starring Bernard Hill, Paul Nicholls, Mathew Horne and Sarah Smart.
Joe's Palace is award-winning writer and director Stephen Poliakoff's exhilarating new film starring Sir Michael Gambon, Rupert Penry-Jones and Kelly Reilly and introducing Danny Lee Wynter.
Jimmy McGovern's Bafta and RTS award-winning series, The Street, returns for a second series this autumn. Timothy Spall reprises his role as taxi driver Eddie, leading a new cast which boasts many of Britain's finest television, film and theatre actors, as well as talented newcomers.
Timothy Spall also stars as Fagin, with Tom Hardy as Bill Sikes, in the gripping tale of Oliver Twist, adapted for BBC One by Sarah Phelps (EastEnders), one of Britain's most dynamic stage and television writers.
Spooks, Waterloo Road, Silent Witness and Murphy's Law all return this season.
British-Iranian comedian Omid Djalili joins BBC One this autumn with his own stand up and sketch show. Multi-award winning Djalili has not only completed US and UK sell-out tours but has appeared in numerous Hollywood blockbusters, including Gladiator and The Mummy.
Hugh Dennis, Claire Skinner and Samantha Bond star in Outnumbered, a new comedy about the daily chaos of family life; about two parents and three young children, locked in an unequal contest. Outnumbered is written by the creators of Drop The Dead Donkey, Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton.
Three new comedy dramas are launched this season, showcasing a range of fantastic talent.
Learners is a heart-warming comedy drama written by, and starring, Jessica Hynes (nee Stevenson). Following the trials and tribulations of a group of learner drivers, it also stars David Tennant and Shaun Dingwall.
Mutual Friends stars Marc Warren, Keeley Hawes and Alexander Armstrong and follows the disastrous sequence of events for happily married man Martin after his best friend Carl throws himself under a train...
Alun Armstrong, Elizabeth Berrington, George Cole, Lee Evans, Rupert Graves Alison Steadman and Jessie Wallace star in The Dinner Party.
Set in the green belt paradise of suburban England, this comedy drama follows three couples who meet to celebrate Roger's birthday.
With nearly 100 characters in the series, Armstrong and Miller join BBC One with their own particular brand of sketch comedy in The Armstrong & Miller Show. They are joined by Jeremy Dyson from The League Of Gentlemen as "script guru".
After You've Gone, Not Going Out and The Green Green Grass all return this season.
Nick Knowles hosts a new Saturday night National Lottery show Who Dares Wins in which complete strangers are coupled up to put their general knowledge and nerve to the ultimate test.
Eurovision Dance Contest will see professional and amateur dancers compete for a new international crown. This major Saturday night event is presented by Graham Norton and Claudia Winkleman.
Award-winning entertainment shows Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, Strictly Come Dancing and Have I Got News For You also return this season.
News and Current Affairs
In a number of open and candid interviews, Tony Blair looks back on his dramatic decade in power, considering both domestic and international events, alongside the challenges of governing a democracy.
In all his travels Michael Palin has ignored his own backyard – Europe. In this new series, Michael Palin's New Europe, he explores a very special corner of Europe – the mysterious chunk that was once off limits behind the Iron Curtain.
The Nature of Britain, made by the BBC's world-renowned Natural History Unit, presents the first complete picture of British wildlife ever shown on television, from the tiniest dormouse to the mightiest golden eagle.
During his journey presenter Alan Titchmarsh will share his enthusiasm for British wildlife, encouraging viewers to step outside and explore the wealth of natural history on their doorstep.
Who Do You Think You Are? and What Not To Wear also return this season.