BBC One unveils programming highlights for 2013
BBC One controller Danny Cohen has ordered three new dramas including an adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and a romantic two-parter from the writer of novel and film One Day.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is based on the best-selling novel by Susanna Clarke and is being adapted by Peter Harness for a prime-time slot. David Nicholls (One Day) will deliver a romantic drama called The 7.39 while Toby Whithouse, the creator of Being Human, has penned a Cold War spy drama series called The Game.
Commenting on the commissions, Cohen said: "I aim to keep raising the stakes with our drama output. Ben Stephenson (head of BBC drama commissioning) and I are committed to finding pieces with great ambition, quality writing and memorable performances which portray a captivating range of worlds and landscapes. We aim to work with Britain's best writers, actors and directors."
Cohen isn’t just focusing on drama: "We plan to maintain our creative momentum in 2013, and there are five key themes that I am focused on to ensure that we deliver that,” he said. “Event Drama, the biggest names in Comedy, high-impact intelligent Factual, a strong sense of contemporary Britain and warm-hearted popular Entertainment will all play an important role on BBC1 in the coming year. Together, they will express the range and creative ambition audiences can expect from the channel in 2013."
In comedy, returning series include Miranda and Mrs Brown's Boys while Ben Elton and David Walliams have written new sitcoms. As for factual, the New Year begins with Africa, the latest piece from the BBC's Natural History Unit, voiced by Sir David Attenborough.
On the entertainment front, there are two new series: Richard Hammond's Secret Service, and Britain’s Brightest, a new intelligence test format presented by Clare Balding. Later in the year, The Voice UK also returns, along with Strictly Come Dancing.
Further information on the productions mentioned above can be found on Production Intelligence, the online database of advance productions from The Knowledge: