BBC One Orders Drama Series ‘River’ From ‘The Hour’ Scribe Abi Morgan

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The BBC is getting back into business with writer Abi Morgan, who just won an Emmy for her work on the recently cancelled BBC Two drama series The Hour. BBC One has ordered a new six episode drama series created by Morgan titled River. Production on the series is set to commence next year, with BBC One eyeing a 2015 premiere.

Created by Morgan, River follows John River, a brilliant police officer whose genius and fault-line is the fragility of his mind – a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest. A man who must walk a professional tightrope between a pathology so extreme he risks permanent dismissal, and a healthy state of mind that would cure him of his gift. Kudos Film & Television are producing, with Lucy Richer, Jane Featherstone, Manda Levin and Abi Morgan serving as executive producers.

River is full of intriguing twists and turns and I was truly gripped when the script came in”, said Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One. “Abi’s one of Britain’s most distinctive and original storytellers and her ability to push the boundaries of the genre in surprising ways makes River her perfect debut on BBC One.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, commented: “It was amazing to see Abi winning the Emmy in LA on Sunday night – it shows what a world-class talent she is. I am delighted that she will now be turning her attention to her first series for BBC One. It’s a corker with all Abi’s unique qualities – smart, moving, warm and full of huge surprises.”

While Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive of Kudos, added: “In River, the utterly brilliant Abi Morgan has created a fascinating and gifted lead character, whose story will move and surprise the audience, and I’m chuffed to bits to be collaborating with her once again and to be producing the series for BBC One where we know it will find a great home.”