EXCLUSIVE: The BBC has found another director for its upcoming drama series The Ark. I’ve learned that Richard Clark has signed on to direct 2 episodes of the skein. Clark has just come off of directing a couple of episodes of the upcoming BBC One/BBC America series The Musketeers and has previously directed on such shows as Doctor Who, Whitechapel and Silent Witness.
Penned by Sarah Phelps, The Ark is a six episode period drama series set during World War I which follows the frontline medics – their love affairs, professional triumphs, personal tragedies, fears and hopes as they fight for the future. In a British base hospital near the front, a team of doctors, nurses and VADs are working together to heal the bodies and souls of the men in their care. This hospital on the coast of France is a frontier between two worlds: between the trenches and the home front, between the old rules, regulations, hierarchies, class distinctions and a new way of thinking. BBC Drama Production is producing, with Annie Tricklebank serving as producer. The executive producer is Anne Pivcevic. Endemol Worldwide Distribution is handling global sales for the series.
Richard Clark joins Downton Abbey helmer David Evans, who is serving as lead director on the drama. I’m also told that there is a third director in the mix, but I’m still waiting for confirmation on that, as well as casting. Production on The Ark is slated to commence this August, with a projected three month shoot. The six episode drama is expected to bow on BBC One in Spring 2014.