Bonekickers – a major new drama series arrives on BBC One
Update – 3 April 2008: This press release has been amended to reflect updated character names.
BBC Drama today announced Bonekickers, a new six-part drama series for
BBC One from Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah (Monastic Productions),
the writers and creators of the hit series Life On Mars and Ashes To
Ashes; and Michele Buck and Damien Timmer of Mammoth Screen.
Bonekickers is a thrilling adventure series packed with historical
mystery and contemporary relevance.
Set against the backdrop of Bath, a
city steeped in 3,000 years of history, Gillian and her team – Dr Ben Ergha (forensic, objective), Professor Gregory Parton (encyclopaedic
but terminally louche) and eager young post-grad intern Viv Davis – are
brought in under a variety of imperatives to extract bodies, books,
weapons and all manner of artefacts which lead them into an investigation
of the past that will unlock dangers and mysteries in the present.
the excavation of murdered 18th century slaves to the possible discovery
of the True Cross, each episode is a window on a period of history but
more importantly a reflection on how we live now.
Running through it all is a greater puzzle that Gillian, a fiery Celt,
keeps to herself for fear of ridicule – the hunt for the greatest
treasure in the history of Man, a hunt that drove her brilliant mother
insane, a hunt that pits her wits against her academic nemesis, the
arrogant, urbane TV historian Daniel Mastif, and that will culminate at the end
of series one in a desperate race for glory which may destroy her in the
Polly Hill, BBC Commissioning Editor for Independent Drama, comments: "Bonekickers takes history and archaeology and makes it sexy, accessible
Bonekickers is being produced by Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah of
Monastic Productions and Michele Buck and Damien Timmer of Mammoth
The drama is commissioned by Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction.
Bonekickers will be filmed in the Bath/Bristol area from early November
and will transmit on BBC One in Spring 2008. Casting will be announced at
a later date.
Never forget... history is now!