BBC One has given the green-light to The Split, a multi-part drama series from The Hour scribe Abi Morgan and former Spooks executive producer Jane Featherstone which is set in the world of divorce lawyers.
“Abi Morgan’s contemporary new series will invite BBC One viewers into an entertaining new world, bringing a fresh tone to the channel”, said Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s Director of Content. “I’m excited to be working with Abi and Jane once again and giving Sister Pictures their first commission.”
The Split is set in London and examines the fast-paced circuit of high-powered female divorce lawyers through the lens of three sisters – Hannah, Nina and Rose. Hannah and Nina are leading divorce and family law lawyers working for rival firms, whilst Rose is still searching for her place in life. Over the course of the series personal and professional lives intertwine as we encounter a surprising array of cases, scandalous affairs and big-figure settlements.
Abi Morgan is penning all six scripts for The Split, which is set up at Sister Pictures – the indie set up earlier this year by Jane Featherstone, after she exited her long-time position as CEO of Kudos shortly after the Endemol Shine merger. Featherstone – whose numerous credits include Spooks, The Hour, River, Law & Order: UK, Vicious and Broadchurch – will serve as an executive producer alongside Abi Morgan and the BBC’s Acting Controller of Drama Commissioning Lucy Richer.
“I couldn’t be happier that Sister Pictures’ first greenlight is a fabulous Abi Morgan series for BBC One”, said Jane Featherstone executive producer and founder of Sister Pictures. “The Split will be an emotional and entertaining exploration of love, marriage and divorce, with Abi bringing her trademark wit, insight and truth to our two brilliant and strong women fighting to try and work out how to survive modern life.”
While series creator and fellow executive producer Abi Morgan added: “I am delighted to be working with the aptly named Sister Pictures, continuing the creative partnership Jane Featherstone and I built together on Tsunami, The Hour and River. I can’t think of a better home for it than with Charlotte Moore and Lucy Richer and am delighted to bring this lively and unseen world to the BBC.”