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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

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New original UK drama series announced for BBC Three

Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC Three announces new drama series, Touch, has been commissioned for the channel at the Edinburgh Television Festival today.

From acclaimed theatre, film and TV writer Jack Thorne (Skins, The Scouting Book For Boys, Cast Offs) comes an edge-of-the-seat supernatural thriller, made by BBC Drama Production.

In Touch the vengeful dead walk on Earth and only uber-geek Paul can save the living from a fiery Armageddon.

Paul is an ordinary young man from an ordinary town who discovers an extraordinary ability – he can see the dead. As he comes to terms with a nightmare reality he meets others who share his powers and share a horrifying secret – the spirits are waging war on the living. Mankind will be destroyed.

But the most terrifying twist is yet to come – Paul discovers that only he holds the key to the world's salvation.

Ben Stephenson says: "Touch started life as one of our drama pilots but quickly showed such imagination and energy that we asked the hugely talented Jack Thorne to write five more episodes and Touch the series was born."

Touch is a 6x60 minute series from BBC Drama Production, commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC Three, and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning. Casting is still to be confirmed, the series will film next year, the producer is Caroline Skinner and executive producer is Sue Hogg.

The three drama pilots that premiered online earlier this year will not be taken any further. BBC Three would like to thank audiences for their comments online about Pulse, Dappers and Stanley Park which all demonstrate the continued commitment to experimentation on the channel.

BBC Three drama has won critical acclaim with Being Human and looks forward to Lip Service which is coming soon to the channel this autumn.


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