Channel 4 has given the greenlight to The ABC, a week-night drama series inspired by the broadcaster’s Educating… franchise, which hails from nascent production company The Forge.
Penned by Ayub Khan Din, The ABC is set in Northern comprehensive The Arnold Braithwaite College and follows the daily lives of the various teachers, teenagers and families whose lives and cultures collide in the school.
The series, which marks Channel 4’s first 8pm drama since Brookside went off the air, is the first commission for recently launched production company The Forge, though C4 said they had yet to finalise the size of the episode order. The ABC is executive produced by George Faber and George Ormond
“Our Educating … franchise has captured the warmth, humour and challenges that exist every day in schools up and down the country and has produced some of the most compelling television of the year”, said Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer of Channel 4 “Ayub has created a drama which has all of these in abundance, with an array of characters audiences will love spending time with.”
While Writer Ayub Khan Din added: “It’s been an exhilarating assignment to create a drama set in an urban Lancashire school where staff and pupils negotiate the cultural melting pot that is contemporary Britain. It has given me the opportunity to tell stories with heart and humour about the teenagers, their teachers and their families which are both specific to our times yet universal in their appeal.”