EXCLUSIVE: After examining the morality of the use of torture on terror suspects in his one-off Complicit for Channel 4, Guy Hibbert is sticking to the arena of political dramas for his next project. I’ve learned that the BBC has put a three episode drama series from Hibbert into development which is set to explore political intrigue at the United Nations.
Penned by Hibbert, The 38th Floor is an hour long drama that has been described as a high concept political thriller. Set in the United Nations in New York City, the drama is said to focus on the numerous diplomatic and military crises that come across the Secretary General’s desk. The title is a reference to the fact that the Secretary-General’s office is located on the 38th floor of the United Nations building in Turtle Bay. Independent Production company Big Fish Film & Television is producing the project, with Kevin Jackson serving as the executive producer.
This is the latest attempt to produce a drama series set in the United Nations, with a good number of previous attempts in recent years having fallen short. Late last year, NBC gave a script commitment to a UN based drama from Tom Brady and Parkes/MacDonald. However, the network ultimately passed on the project after it failed to create much of a buzz amongst the network’s development team.