BBC One Orders ‘Poldark’ Reboot, ‘Our Zoo’, ‘Dickensian’ & ‘From There To Here’

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BBC OneIn what are the final four commissions from Danny Cohen as Controller of BBC One, the channel has given the green-light to a new reboot of the 1970s series Poldark, a series about the creation of Chester Zoo, a series set in the world of Dickens characters and a drama serial about the aftermath of the 1996 Arndale Bombing.

“It has been a joy and privilege to commission programmes for BBC One”, said former BBC One Controller Danny Cohen, who was just recently appointed as the BBC’s Director of Television. “I hope audiences enjoy the range and creative ambitions of these new dramas for the channel.”

Full Details Of These New Dramas Follow Below:


This six episode reboot of the 70’s series was written by Debbie Horsfield. Set in late 18th century Cornwall, Ross Poldark returns home from war, looking forward to a joyful reunion with his family and his beloved Elizabeth. Instead he discovers his father has died, his home is
overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth, believing Ross dead, is engaged to his cousin. Ross must start from scratch, forging a completely new path for his life – one that takes him in exciting, unexpected and hazardous directions. Mammoth Screen is producing with Polly Hill, Debbie Horsfield, Rebecca Keane, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timme serving as executive producers.

Our Zoo

Penned by Matt Charman, Our Zoo tells the true story of the man who created Chester Zoo in the 1930s and the impact it had on his family. The project has received an order for six hour-long episodes. Big Talk Productions and Aenon are producing with Kenton Allen, Matthew Read, Luke Alkin and Adam Kemp serving as executive producers.


Written by Tony Jordan, Dickensian will bring the world of Dickens to life in a drama populated by the vivid characters from his classic books, who will meet one other in the most surprising of ways. The series will be a half-hour format, the exact number of episodes has yet to be determined. Red Planet Pictures is producing with Tony Jordan and Poly Hill serving as executive producers.

From There To Here

Created by Peter Bowker, From There To Here is set in the aftermath of the 1996 Arndale bombing and follows a Manchester family man who is torn between the life he wants and the life he could have. This is a funny, characterful and moving drama about a man whose life is rocked to the core – a family saga which begins in Manchester in the summer of 1996, on the day when an IRA bomb exploded in the city centre. Against the feel-good backdrop of Euro 96, it maps the emotional shockwaves generated by that bomb in the lives of two parallel families from different sides of the tracks. Kudos Film & TV is producing with Derek Wax and Stephen Wright serving as executive producers.