At the Edinburgh Television Festival Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt announced a wealth of commissions including a one-off drama about Nick Clegg and the formation of the coalition, a ten-part political thriller set in North Korea and a one-off comedy special about the Scottish Independence Referrendum.
Coalition is a one-off drama which follows Nick Clegg’s time during the election campaign of 2010 through to what went into his decision to enter into a coalition government with David Cameron and the Conservative party. The 90 minute one-off was penned by James Graham and is being produced by Curtis Brown’s production company Cuba Pictures. The executive producer is Nick Marston.
Created by Our Zoo scribe Matt Charman, Opposite Numbers is a ten-part political thriller set inside the closed worlds of North Korea and the charged nexus of relationships between London and Washington – from the power-playing heads of government to the opposing CIA and MI6 agents secretly deployed on the ground in Pyongyang – as the clock ticks on a global-scaled nuclear crisis. Mammoth Screen is producing the series, which is being executive produced by Matt Charman, Rebecca Keane, Preethi Mavahalli and Damien Timmer. ITVSGE is currently seeking international co-production partners for Opposite Numbers.
On the comedy side of things, E4 has commissioned Chewing Gum – a six part series which was initially piloted as part of Channel 4’s online pilot strand Comedy Blaps. The series, which was created by Michaela Coel, follows Tracey Gordon, a religious Beyoncé-obsessed 22-year-old who is fast finding out that the more she learns about the world, the less she understands. Tracey and her friends live on an estate in Tower Hamlets and find they are struggling with adulthood. Retort Media are producing the series, which will be previewed with two Comedy Blaps featuring the Tracey character later this year.
Scotland In A Day is a one-off comedy special produced by The Comedy Unit which is set on the day of the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum, and designed to capture a snap shot of a nation on the brink of both triumph and disaster. The special is a mockumentary that stars John Hannah, Brian Cox and Doon Mackichan, amongst others.