BBC In-house Drama: New BBC Commissions

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The BBC’s in-house Drama Production unit has secured four new BBC commissions. They are: Frankie, The Musketeers, The Lady Vanishes (for BBC 1) and In The Flesh (for BBC 3).

Commenting on the commissions, Kate Harwood, Controller, Drama Series & Serials, said: “These four new commissions are a tribute to the huge range of creativity and talent within the in-house drama teams in both London and Salford. From a young and innovative new writer’s first television commission for BBC 3; to Adrian Hodges fresh take on The Musketeers; to a beautiful and emotional adaptation of the novel that inspired a Hitchcock classic by Fiona Seres; through to Lucy Gannon’s Frankie, a warm and authored new show, from the doyenne of returning drama series."

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, added: "This raft of new drama reflects the range and ambition of in-house. A unique mix of classic and contemporary pieces has produced surprising and original scripts, from both new and established writers - all of which represents a thriving creative team."

The Musketeers is a 10x60 series written by Adrian Hodges (My Week With Marilyn, Primeval). The BBC calls it “a fresh and contemporary take on the classic characters created by Alexandre Dumas in his much-loved novel. Co-produced with BBC Worldwide.”

The Lady Vanishes is a 1x90 single, adapted by Fiona Seres (The Silence) for BBC 1. From the novel The Wheel Spins filmed by Hitchcock as The Lady Vanishes, this 1930s thriller tells the story of spoilt but beautiful Iris. When she returns home from a holiday in the Balkans, she is befriended on the train by an English woman called Miss Froy. Iris falls asleep, and when she awakes hours later, Miss Froy has vanished. Fearing madness and risking death, Iris desperately tries to solve the disappearance of her travelling companion.

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