BBC Two is adding to their line up for 2015 and 2016.
BBC Two Controller Kim Shillinglaw has unveiled a wealth of new commissions for the channel including a new comedy series titled Mum from the creative team behind the Him & Her, and a new drama series set in Africa from The Honourable Woman creator Hugo Blick.
In addition, it has been announced that Family Guy will be moving from BBC Three to BBC Two for its thirteenth season, before ITV2 assumes first window rights to the animated series this Autumn. The show’s thirteenth season will air on BBC Two in the coming months, alongside the first (and likely only) season of American Odyssey.
Beyond scripted comedy and drama, BBC Two has also ordered a wealth of factual and entertainment programmes including a new cookery show fronted by Nigela Lawson; pottery series The Great British Pottery Throw Down, which is described as The Great British Bake Off’s messier cousin.
“BBC Two is in great shape. From the the critical and ratings success of Wolf Hall, BBC Two’s biggest drama series in at least 13 years and Banished, which was our fourth highest drama series launch, to stand out seasons on Food, The Super Rich And Us, Taking Liberties and our Holocaust Memorial content, we’ve got people talking and watching the channel in significant numbers. I’m particularly proud to have won more RTS Awards than any other channel, with awards for Marvellous, The Honourable Woman and Inside no 9, amongst others”, said BBC Two Controller Kim Shillinglaw.
“The sheer range and quality of content I’m announcing today demonstrates the unique role BBC Two plays in enhancing people’s lives and contributing to the creative life of the UK”, she added. “From enabling British writing, presenting and directing talent to do their most distinctive, signature work to Factual with real purpose that tackles contemporary issues in lively, intelligent ways or encourages viewers to take their passions further, I want BBC Two to be the place to come for widest range of grown up, opinionated and entertaining content on British television.”
Details of the new commissions follow below:
Untitled Hugo Blick Drama
The Honourable Woman creator Hugo Blick is creating a new drama series for BBC Two. Still in early development, the untitled series is described as being about “a compelling set of characters caught up in a very human moral dilemma and plays out in a setting drama very rarely takes us to, contemporary Africa”.
A 90 minute one-off drama starring Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton, Game Changer tells the story of the controversy surrounding the computer game Grand Theft Auto – arguably the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park. The project, which is being produced in-house, is being penned by James Wood and will be directed by Owen Harris. Mark Hedgecoe is the executive producer.
From the team behind the BBC Three series Him & Her, Mum stars Lesley Manville (Another Year) as the titular character, a mother in her late 50s and at a milestone in her life. We follow her and family through a year of new beginnings as she rebuilds her life following the death of her husband. The scripts are being penned by Stefan Golaszewski, who also serves as an executive producer on the Big Talk Productions produced series alongside Kenton Allen. Lyndsay Robinson is the series producer, while Richard Lazton is attached to direct.
Created by Jim Field Smith and George Kay, Stag follows a meek schoolteacher (Jim Howick) who struggles to survive the Stag weekend from hell, as he joins his future brother-in-law (Stephen Campbell Moore) and several obnoxious friends, on a deer-stalking expedition in the Scottish highlands. It quickly gets messier than anyone expected; as the hunters become the hunted, sordid secrets emerge and old friendships are tested to the limit. The three-parter is being produced by BBC In-House Comedy in association with Idiotlamp, with Myfanwy Moore executive producing. Co-creator Jim Field Smith also serves as producer and director.
Two Doors Down
From Simon Carlyle and Gregor Sharp, Two Doors Down explores why it is that the people you’re closest to always seem to cause you the most grief. the series follows a core group of characters (Beth, Eric, Cathy, Colin, Christine and daughter Sophie) all of whom stand ready to support each other through life’s highs and lows. This could seem like a blessing but it’s usually more of a curse. This network of friends, families and neighbours always seem to loom too large in each other’s lives. Toes are trodden on, boundaries are crossed and some fiery tempers inevitably fray.