Hope Springs on to BBC One: new eight-part drama series from BBC
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
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
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
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.
is also one of a raft of new drama commissions through
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.