BBC One announces Capital, a new drama serial from Peter Bowker

Capital is about the way we live in modern cities, where poverty lives cheek by jowl with dazzling is both a mystery and a love story.Peter Bowker, Screenwriter, Capital
Date: 18.08.2014     Last updated: 18.08.2014 at 14.20
Capital is a sharp and vivid drama about a London street transformed by soaring property prices, inhabited by characters diverse in nationality, race, wealth and experience. There are stories of love, loss, wealth and envy, in a city where appearances can be deceptive and money can't buy you happiness.

'We want what you have.' One day, every resident on the street receives a postcard with that warning. Who has sent them? What exactly do they want? And how far will they go to get it?

Adapted by award-winning screenwriter Peter Bowker from the critically acclaimed bestselling novel by John Lanchester, Capital is a witty and observant look at modern Britain, told over three hour-long episodes.

Peter Bowker says: "Capital is a novel that is about the way we live in modern cities, where poverty lives cheek by jowl with dazzling affluence and where tradition and modernity clash and coexist. It is both a mystery and a love story. The challenge has been to retain all those elements along with the spirit of the original - a kind of comic outrage - while using John's cast of fascinating, funny and disparate characters, to explore our relationship with money."

Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One adds: “Through drama, Capital captures the modern Britain that I’m passionate about bringing to the channel. Peter Bowker’s page-turning script shines a light on the comings and goings of one London Street and cleverly interweaves a vibrant set of characters who we soon realise know very little about their neighbours.”

Executive Producer Derek Wax says: “I’m looking forward to producing Peter Bowker’s wonderful adaptation of John Lanchester’s Capital for Kudos and BBC One. Capital magnificently captures the mood of our age, with an unforgettable ensemble of characters and a humane, incisive comic eye. After four dramas set in Manchester, it’s exciting to be making a drama with Pete in which we go south of the River Thames. “

John Lanchester says: “I'm thrilled that Derek Wax and Peter Bowker are making Capital for the BBC. It's going to be very exciting and very strange to have something on the telly, rather than sitting on the sofa watching it.”

Capital is a 3x60 drama series, produced by Kudos Film & Television. The executive producers are Peter Bowker, Derek Wax for Kudos and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama.