With audiences at the heart of every commission, I'm going to ensure BBC One keeps its finger on the pulse, entertaining an even bigger and broader audience with an unrivalled range of ambitious, world-class programmes that matter to modern Britain.Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content
Date: 24.08.2016 Last updated: 24.08.2016 at 14.57
Charlotte Moore announces a range of ambitious, high quality commissions that deliver on her promise to innovate and take risks on BBC One, and reflect the diversity of modern Britain.
Speaking at the 2016 Edinburgh Television Festival, Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, said: "It's been another exceptional year for BBC One, achieving its best peak time share since 2008 and cementing its place as the nation's most popular channel through a commitment to risk taking and innovation.
Over the next year, BBC One will continue to challenge what mainstream television means and connect with an increasingly diverse UK.
With audiences at the heart of every commission, I'm going to ensure BBC One keeps its finger on the pulse; entertaining an even bigger and broader audience with an unrivalled range of ambitious, world-class programmes that matter to modern Britain."
New commissions / announcements - Drama
Line Of Duty (Series 4) Actress Thandie Newton announced to star as guest lead in the fourth series of Jed Mercurio’s hit drama Line Of Duty, when it moves to BBC One next year.
She will join returning cast members Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar. Jason Watkins, Lee Ingleby and Royce Pierreson are also confirmed for the BBC One series.
Noughts And Crosses Charlotte Moore announces adaptation of critically acclaimed young adult novel Noughts and Crosses for BBC One.
Malorie Blackman’s enthralling story of first love in a dangerous, adrenalin-fuelled fictional dystopia is to be adapted by Levi David Addai with Matthew Graham for a new BBC One series, produced by Mammoth Screen.
Divided by their colour but united by forbidden love and burning injustice, Sephy and Callum are fighting for more than simply the right to be together, in a contemporary dystopian State where strict race laws make daily existence a matter of life and death.
Bodyguard BBC One has commissioned a new six-part drama series from the team behind critically-acclaimed drama series Line Of Duty. Created and written by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions, Bodyguard is a contemporary thriller featuring the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch (RaSP) of London's Metropolitan Police Service.
Trust Me BBC One commissions new Scottish drama Trust Me from RED Production Company - an original character-led thriller written by Dan Sefton for BBC One.
The four-part drama series set in Edinburgh tells the story of Cathy, a hardworking and skilled nurse, who, having lost her job for whistleblowing, is forced to take drastic measures to provide for her daughter.
The Split BBC One announces The Split - a new original drama series from from Bafta and Primetime Emmy award-winning acclaimed writer Abi Morgan (River, Suffragette, The Hour) and Bafta-winning executive producer Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, River, Humans), produced by Sister Pictures.
The Split examines the fast-paced circuit of high-powered female divorce lawyers, through the lens of three sisters - Hannah, Nina and the youngest, Rose. Hannah and Nina are leading divorce and family law lawyers working for rival firms, whilst Rose is still searching for her place in life.
New commissions / announcements - Factual
Serengeti A stunningly innovative six-part series for BBC One using dynamic and compelling narrative techniques of long-running drama serials, where multiple storylines are woven together, to tell the real life stories of some of the most charismatic animals in Africa. There’s an unspoilt corner of the Serengeti, bordered by two rivers, that is the Africa of your imagination. Unique access to this incredible setting offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a bold new genre of natural history filmmaking and drama storytelling.
The production will use specially created camera devices, including moving spy cameras, to film the animals of the Serengeti on the move and in their world, experiencing their every emotion. It will be sweepingly cinematographic in scale but also intensely intimate. As the animals act out the natural dramas of their lives, the cameras will be just a whisker away - moving with them at their level and in their world.
Multiple specialist cameras will be deployed at any one time ensuring not moment of the incredible action will be missed. New near-silent aerial devices and the latest drone technology will provide a vulture’s viewpoint as the events unfold. Shot in Ultra HD with high dynamic range (HDR) the images will have a clarity that leaps out of the screen. The series will also pioneer the use of VR 360 degree shooting.
Equally innovative approaches to editing, music and narration will deliver their personal stories in a startlingly fresh and exciting way. From warthogs to lions, mongoose to cheetahs, a cast of our favourite African animal characters will be filmed closer and more intimately than ever before.
Through this bold and pioneering dramatised approach, the audience will be closer and more emotionally involved with the wild lives of animals than ever before. Serengeti is made by XIX Entertainment and John Downer Productions and was commissioned by Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual. The Commissioning Editor is Lucinda Axelsson and the Executive Producer is John Downer for JDP and Simon Fuller for XIX Entertainment. It will be distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.
Stalkers Wild Pictures has gained exclusive access to Paladin, the National Stalking Advocacy Service, who assist high risk victims of stalking for this single BBC One documentary.
Stalking in Britain is significantly on the increase. It’s estimated that one in six women are stalked at some point in their life. Nearly 50 percent of the cases turn violent and many victims are forced to flee their homes and change jobs.
Following live unfolding cases, from the abusive phone call to attacks on the family home, the documentary will give an extraordinary insight into a terrifying crime from the victim’s perspective. Many describe the experience as being constantly hunted. Victims often feel let down by the criminal justice system and the documentary will explore why only 1 percent of stalking cases result in a criminal conviction.
Stalkers is a single 60’ documentary, produced and directed by Kat English. Paul Hamann and Tom Anstiss are the Executive Producers for Wild Pictures.