BBC Two is re-teaming with Child 44 author Tom Rob Smith, who created the channel’s espionage drama London Spy, for eight episode political thriller series MotherFatherSon, TVWise has learned.
MotherFatherSon is described as a political and psychological thriller that sits at the intersections of police, politics and the press. The series is as much a family saga as it is a savage, unflinching study of power and how even the mightiest of empires can be in peril when a family turns on each other.
“I was a huge fan of London Spy and am absolutely delighted that Tom Rob Smith is writing his next major drama for BBC Two”, said BBC Two Channel Editor Patrick Holland. “BBC Two is a channel where the best creative voices can produce their most original work and MotherFatherSon promises to be an exceptional series from an exceptional writer.”
Smith is penning the scripts and will executive produce the series, which is being produced by BBC Studios. Alan Poul, the well known Hollywood producer behind such TV productions as The Newsroom and Six Feet Under, is attached to produce. Hilary Salmon will serve as executive producer for BBC Studios, while Stephen Wright is the executive producer for BBC Two. Production on MotherFatherSon will begin in London next year, for a 2018 premiere on BBC Two.
“I’m delighted to be working with the BBC and executive producer Hilary Salmon from BBC Studios. Hilary’s reputation for producing enthralling thrillers speaks for itself”, said Tome Rob Smith. “In addition, it’s very exciting to be joined by producer Alan Poul, many of whose shows have been inspirations to me. After House of Cards crossed the Atlantic, it feels like the perfect time for a provocative new political thriller set in the UK, a notion certainly supported by recent events.”
MotherFatherSon is the second drama commission for BBC Two to be announced today by Channel Editor Patrick Holland at his Meet The Controller session at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. The channel has also commissioned The Luminaries, a six-part series based on Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize winning novel of the same name, which is being adapted by Catton herself and produced by London Spy indie Working Title Television.