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Hope Springs on to BBC One: new eight-part drama series from BBC Scotland/Shed Productions

BBC Drama has commissioned Hope Springs, a new eight-part peak-time drama series set in Scotland from Shed Productions through BBC Scotland.


Hope Springs is a vibrant, thrilling and funny drama for
BBC One about four fabulous female ex-cons trying to go straight.


The series centres on Ellie, Hannah, Josie and Shoo as they embark on the final stage of their long-held plan to live out the rest of their lives on a beach in Barbados, courtesy of £3million stolen from Ellie's violent and vengeful gangster husband.


However, by a cruel twist of fate, the glamorous girls end up in hiding in Hope Springs, a small Scottish Highland village, without any money, any passports or indeed any hope.


All they have to do is hide their true identities and keep their heads down in order to revisit their Barbados idyll... but little do they know that Hope Springs is going to change their lives forever.


Hope Springs is a sparklingly modern fish-out-of-water comedy drama set against the stunning backdrop of gorgeous Scottish scenery.


Made by Shed Productions – the production company behind hit series including Waterloo Road, Bad Girls and Footballers' Wives – Hope Springs is about losing millions and finding them again, falling in love in unlikely places, making a home and chasing your dreams.


But, most of all, it's about finding a real family amongst friends.


Anne Mensah is Head of Drama for BBC Scotland and Executive Producer on Hope Springs.


She comments: "After working with the team from Shed for three years on Waterloo Road, I'm delighted to bring them literally home to make their first drama in Scotland.


"Hope Springs is one of the most fun shows I've ever had a chance to be involved in – Northern Exposure with a delicious Shed twist – I can't wait until we start shooting.


"I'm sure audiences are going to love it."


Brian Park is Managing Director, Shed Productions and Executive Producer on Hope Springs.


He says: "Shed, or should that be MacShed, is thrilled to be finally making a peak-time drama in Scotland. It really does represent a dream we've all shared for a long time.


"Hope Springs will take some of the more familiar elements of Scottish drama – the spectacular landscape and locations – but gives it a very modern feel with a comedic undertone."


Filming for Hope Springs is expected to start in mid-2008 in locations around the Highlands of Scotland.


The eight-part series is scheduled to transmit on BBC One in 2008/9. Details of casting to follow.


Hope Springs continues in the footsteps of distinctive drama recently made through BBC Scotland which includes kung-fu action tale Phoo Action (BBC Three) and surreal crime drama Reichenbach Falls (BBC Four).


Hope Springs is the latest in a recent wave of exciting
BBC One drama commissions for 2008/9, including Bonekickers (Kudos) and The Invisibles.


It is also one of a raft of new drama commissions through
BBC Scotland including Phoo Action, P.As (2AM TV), Fiona's Story, God On Trial (Hat Trick Productions) and Wallander (Left Bank Pictures).


The drama is written by Ann McManus, Maureen Chadwick and Liz Lake (Shed Productions) and executive produced by Anne Mensah for BBC Scotland.


Hope Springs is a Shed Production through BBC Scotland for BBC One and is commissioned by Jane Tranter, Controller, Fiction.






Category: TV Drama; BBC One; Scotland
Date: 14.01.2008
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