BBC One is expanding their drama slate. The BBC’s flagship channel has given the greenlight to four new dramas from a range of creative talent, including Ben Chanan, Levi David Addai, Andrea Gibb & Marnie Dickens.
The new dramas – The Capture, Dark Mon£y, Elizabeth Is Missing and Gold Digger – explore the extraordinary surveillance capabilities of the intelligence services; a father’s decision to accept hush money for a terrible crime against his son; a woman’s struggle with dementia; and a family’s struggle with the impact of an age gap romance. All four dramas were commissioned by the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger and Director of Content Charlotte Moore.
“I’m delighted to announce four new drama commissions for BBC One with a real emphasis on compelling, contemporary subject matter from writers with a strong diversity of voice”, Wenger said. “From Marnie Dickens’ explosive new family drama Gold Digger to Levi David Addai’s timely and provocative morality tale Dark Mon£y, to Ben Chanan’s electric conspiracy thriller The Capture and Andrea Gibbs’ part-detective story Elizabeth is Missing, each of these four dramas demonstrate a commitment to telling stories about life in Britain now. We are honoured to be working with such fresh and original voices to bring them to life.”
“Marnie Dickens, Levi David Addai, Andrea Gibb and Ben Chanan are among the UK’s most exciting writing talent whose originality and flair will bring a bold new flavour to BBC One through their four different contemporary British stories”, Charlotte Moore added in a statement. “These new shows will stir emotions and get the nation talking because BBC One drama is at its best when it takes on subjects with heart that resonate with modern Britain.”
The Capture is described as a surveillance thriller set in London, which begins with the unjust arrest of an innocent man and soon escalates into a multi-layered conspiracy of manipulated evidence. A spy show for the modern era, it asks – in an age where visual images can be drastically manipulated, yet criminal justice relies so heavily on video evidence – can you always believe what you see?
The six episode series hails from Heyday Television and NBCUniversal International Studios and is being penned by Ben Chanan (Cyberbully, Blackout). The executive producers are David Heyman and Rosie Alison for Heyday Television, Ben Irving for BBC One, Tom Coan for NBCUniversal International Studios and Ben Chanan. NBCUniversal International Distribution will handle global sales.
“I am delighted to be joining forces with BBC Drama and Heyday on The Capture: a wronged-man conspiracy thriller inspired by urgent questions about surveillance, misinformation and the murky ethics of video-fakery”, Ben Chanad said. “I couldn’t be in better company for the ambitious journey ahead.”
Dark Mon£Y is a timely drama, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, that tells the story of an ordinary London family who decide to accept a substantial pay-off from a renowned filmmaker to keep silent about the abuse of their youngest son. Although guilt-ridden, they believe the money will enable the family to heal and move on, to start a new life and erase the memories of the past. But damage runs deep, and the price of taking the money may be very high.
The four-parter is being penned by Levi David Addai and is set up at independent production company The Forge. The executive producers are George Faber and Mark Pybus for The Forge, Lucy Richer for BBC One and Levi David Addai. “Timely but with a big existential question at its heart, Levi’s brilliantly inventive original series explores what happens when a mother and father do the wrong thing for the greater good of their family”, said Piers Wenger, “In creating Dark Mon£y, Levi has conjured up a perfect morality tale for today.”
Elizabeth Is Missing is a one-off drama that explores one woman’s struggle with dementia. When her best friend Elizabeth goes missing, Maud is convinced that something terrible has happened, and sets out to solve the mystery. But with her dementia worsening, unfinished business unearthed and the past and present starting to merge, Maud’s search takes on a poignant urgency. Will Maud be able to discover the truth before she loses herself completely?
The 90 minute drama is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Emma Healey and has been adapted for television by Andrea Gibb (Swallows and Amazons). “I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to adapt this beautiful story”, Gibb said. “Emma has created an extraordinary heroine in Maud – she’s funny, tenacious, loyal – while also giving us a moving portrait of dementia from the inside out.” STV Productions are producing, with Sarah Brown, Andrea Gibb, Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Gaynor Holmes serving as executive producers.
Gold Digger tells the story of wealthy 60 year old Julia as she falls in love with Benjamin, a man 25 years her junior. As this six part series progresses the impact their unconventional relationship has on her family is explored and the secrets of their past are revealed. Has Julia finally found the happiness she’s always deserved? Or is Benjamin really the gold digger they think he is?
The series, which hails from Thriteen scribe Marnie Dickens, has received an order for six episodes. It is set up at Mainstreet Pictures – the indie set up in 2013 by former ITV drama execs Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes. The executive producers are Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes for Mainstreet Pictures, Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC One and Marnie Dickens.
“Gold Digger is a fantastically sexy thriller and an explosive family drama rolled in to one”, added Piers Wener. “This brilliantly original series explores the impact on those around her when a mother’s behaviour deviates from the norm – I’m delighted to announce Marnie’s first series commission for BBC One”.