Channel 5 is moving forward with their push into scripted drama. Fresh off of ordered four-part drama Cold Call and acquiring the Adrian Dunbar fronted Blood, the VIMN backed broadcaster has green-lit Clink, 15 Days and a new feature-length murder mystery.
Clink – which will air on 5Star – is a ten-part drama set in a female prison. It is designed to appeal to a younger audience, fitting the target demographic of 5Star rather than the main channel. LA Productions are producing, with the indie’s Colin McKeown serving as the executive producer. It was commissioned by Commissioning Executive Sebastian Cardwell.
15 Days is a four-part crime thriller with a unique format that turns the traditional investigative narrative inside out. It opens with a brutal murder before rewinding back 15 days to embark on a nail-biting countdown to find out why, how and who is responsible for the chilling crime. The series is based on S4C’s 35 Diwrnod (35 Days) and is being produced by Wales-based production company Boom. Channel 5 is co-funding the series alongside ITV Studios Global Entertainment and the Welsh Government.
The as-yet untitled feature-length murder mystery has been commissioned following the success of launcing a movie adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Crooked House last Christmas. Few details have been released about the project other than it is inspired by a high profile, real life 1920s murder. Darlow Smithson Productions – the indie that specialises in fact-based drama – is producing.
The previously announced Cold Call is a 4-part cuckoo-in-the-nest revenge thriller starring Sally Lindsay that is being produced by Chalkboard TV. As TVWise reported earlier this week, Blood, starring Adrian Dunbar, is a six part thriller exploring family, memory, and the impact the past can have on the present. It was created by Sophie Petzal and is being produced by Company Pictures in association with Element Pictures and All3Media International.
The drama push was a big factor in the recent decision to cancel Big Brother, which has freed up a significant amount of cash from the programming budget for said push. To underline their commitment to drama after dipping their toe over the past several years, Channel 5 has inked a partnership deal with Kew Media Group for a range of drama projects over the next three years. Clink is the first drama series to emanate from that deal.
“Home grown drama is the missing ingredient from Channel 5’s schedules, so its genuinely exciting to be able to unveil a range of new projects from such an array of talented producers”, said Ben Frow, Director of Programmes for Channel 5. “I hope they will give viewers yet another reason to take a fresh look at Channel 5 as we continue to overhaul our schedules from top to bottom.”