Less than a week after dropping the axe on In The Flesh, BBC Three has picked up a new drama series.
The youth-skewing channel, which is set to go online by the end of the year (pending approval from the BBC Trust), has ordered Thirteen, a 5 episode drama series from up and coming writer Marnie Dickens and BBC In-House Drama Production England, TVWise has learned.
Thirteen follows Ivy Moxham, who escapes from the cellar that’s been her prison for the last 13 years. A pyschological drama, the series explores Ivy’s journey as she is reunited with her family and the effects of such a traumatic ordeal.
Marnie Dickens created the series and will write all five scripts. Her previous writing credits include Hollyoaks and Ripper Street. “I’ve always been fascinated by the resilience of the human spirit in even the most extreme situations and am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this story to life on the BBC”, she said.
Thirteen was commissioned by the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson and recently appointed BBC Three Controller Damian Kavanagh. Elizabeth Kilgarriff is set to executive produce the BBC In-House production, which is set to commence filming in Bristol this Summer.
“I’m delighted Thirteen is coming to BBC Three”, said BBC Three Controller Damian Kavanagh. “Marnie Dickens’ script is compelling, a real page-turner, and I’m looking forward to sharing all the plot twists and turns with the BBC Three audience.”
“Bold subject matter, a remarkable young point of view and crucially a new writer’s first original drama”, added Ben Stephenson, the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning. “Thirteen is an emotional rollercoaster with shocking twists that gives us a real opportunity to innovate on BBC Three.”