Disney+ greenlights three UK dramas

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Disney +Disney+ has commissioned three UK scripted dramas as part of its drive to source and produce original productions in Europe. These scripted projects increase the European Disney+ productions to 14, as part of the company’s ambition to create 50 productions in Europe by 2024.

The Ballad of Renegade Nell is a Disney-branded adventure series set in the 18th century, written Sally Wainwright and produced by Lookout Point.

When she's framed for murder, Nell Jackson is forced into a life of highway robbery, along with her two orphaned sisters Roxanne and George. The series is executive produced by Wainwright, Faith Penhale and Will Johnston. 

Wainwright said: “I can’t wait to bring swashbuckling highwaywoman Nell Jackson to the screen. Nell’s a ball of irreverent, blustering energy, fighting against the privileged gatekeepers of English society in 1705, battling to contain mysterious forces within her and her enemies as she goes on the run with her two sisters. 

“It’s a thrill once again to work with Faith Penhale and the super-talented team at Lookout Point. I’m so excited to partner with Disney+ for this series, with their supportive approach and magnificent commitment to bringing this three-hundred-year-old story to the biggest possible global audience.”

Star Original commission Culprits is a darkly comic heist series from creator/director J Blakeson. Culprits follows what happens after a heist, when the crew have gone their separate ways, but are being targeted by a killer one-by-one. Stephen Garrett executive produces for Character 7; Morenike Williams produces. 

Garrett remarked: “J and I started working on the smart, twisty thriller that is Culprits a couple of years ago. We are immensely proud that Disney+ have decided to make it one of their platform-defining shows. The additional thrill for me is that I’m working with a writer-director at the very top of his game.”

Extraordinary, a Star Original comedy series from new writer Emma Moran, follows Jen, a young, self-aware woman who lives in a world where everyone has a superpower… except her. From Sid Gentle Films, this is a fresh, innovative comedy about being young and finding your feet in a confusing world, when all you’ll ever be is ‘ordinary’. Extraordinary is executive produced by Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris and Charles Dawson.

Woodward Gentle commented: “Emma Moran IS Extraordinary.  An extraordinary new writer with a brilliantly distinctive and ingenious voice. This genre curve-ball will chime with the crises everyone carries with them through their neuroses fuelled lives.  We love it and are delighted that Liam and the team at Disney+ are behind us.”



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