BBC Two is teaming with Guy Hibbert for a two-part drama titled One Child, which will explore corruption and the effects of the “one child” policy of the Peoples Republic of China. Harry Potter alum Katie Leung is set to topline the two-part drama, which is being co-produced by US cable network Sundance TV.
One Child follows Mei (Leung), a first-born Chinese girl adopted by an American mother and British father, who is asked to return to her birthplace, Guangzhou, when her birth mother desperately seeks her assistance in saving her son. How far will Mei go to help the woman who gave her away and the brother she’s never met?
Guy Hibbert, whose previous credits include the award winning Channel 4 film Complicit, wrote the script for One Child , which is being produced in-house by BBC Drama Production in association with Sundance TV – making it the third such BBC drama that Sundance has co-produced following the likes of Top Of The Lake and The Honourable Woman. The drama is being executive produced by Hilary Salmon and directed by John Alexander. Production is set to commence in May in London and Hong Kong for a late 2014 premiere.
“I wanted to visit a contemporary Chinese city to discover what I felt was the most important story to tell from the point of view of the ordinary Chinese citizen. It is, of course, corruption – as it is in far too many countries throughout the world”, said Hibbert. “My story is set amongst the poorest in the city and amongst the richest, the new billionaire class, abusing power alongside provincial Party officials. I have also looked at the effect of the One Child policy – under which so many baby girls were abandoned and a fortunate few were adopted in the West. What has it been like for those children to grow up living between two cultures?”