Following the success of the one-off TV movie/backdoor pilot earlier this year, the BBC is moving forward with a full series of their Lacey Turner fronted drama Our Girl. BBC One has ordered a five episode first season for Our Girl, which is set to air in 2014. In addition, BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore has also commissioned a full series of comedy Grey Mates, following on from a pilot earlier this year; and an observational documentary series about KFC, in the same vein as Channel 4’s popular Fried Chicken Shop.
“All three of these new series take on timely and meaningful subjects that really speak to our audience, and offer an entertaining invitation into completely different worlds. Our Girl is a rite-of-passage story about a young soldier beautifully captured by Lacey Turner. In the same year when our British troops withdraw from Afghanistan, the series will follow the extreme life-changing experiences she is forced to face both on tour and when she returns back home”, said Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One. “Comedy has a unique ability to make the ordinary extraordinary and Grey Mates delivers that with a big hit of character. The series follows three newly retired couples who re-discover what it means to have time on their hands, hilariously brought to life by a stellar cast whose relationships are tested in a multitude of ways. And, in documentaries, Inside KFC will go behind the scenes of one of the world’s biggest fast food chains. At a time when our entire nation seems to be obsessed by food, the series will gain unprecedented and surprising access to a global super brand that, despite being on almost every high street up and down the country, we seemingly know very little about.”
Created by Tony Grounds, Our Girl tells the story of Molly Dawes (Lacey Turner), born and raised in East London with few prospects, who went from nobody to a soldier in the Royal Army Medical Corps. The series follows Molly on her first deployment as a serving army medic against the backdrop of the British Army’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Molly will be forced to grow up very quickly by the unforgettable experiences she faces and crucially, she will make friends among her platoon, who will become almost as important to her as family, as they face extraordinary challenges in a foreign land far away from home. Afghanistan will change Molly’s view of life in ways she could never have foreseen – and shape the character of our girl forever. BBC Drama Production is producing the series with Caroline Skinner serving as the executive producer.
Created by Richard Pinto, Grey Mates is described as an exploration of 60-something relationships which follows the ups and downs of three recently retired couples. Their children have flown the nest and so their own lives and friendships take centre-stage once more. The comedy series is produced by Hat Trick Productions and stars Russ Abbot, Stephanie Beacham, Philip Jackson, James Smith, Alison Steadman, June Whitfield and Paula Wilcox. BBC One has ordered six episodes for the show’s first season, which was commissioned by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Shane Allen. The executive producers is Hat Trick co-founder Jimmy Mulville.
Finally, Inside KFC is a three-episode observational documentary series will take a look inside KFC UK. Offering a unique, top-to-bottom look inside KFC, it will paint a multi-layered portrait of the fried chicken empire, meeting the many colourful characters working there – from the boardroom to the restaurant chef. The series will meet the people responsible for the minutiae of daily operations at KFC, as well as those charged with the bigger tasks of growing the business, expanding the menu and addressing growing concerns about nutrition. Inside KFC is produced by Wild Pictures with Paul Hamann and Maxine Watson serving as the executive producers.