BBC One has ordered Best Interests, a four episode drama series from Jack Thorne (Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, His Dark Materials) and recently launched indie Chapter One Pictures.
Best Interests tells the story of a family driven apart by having to make choices no parent would ever want to make. Andrew and Nicci’s daughter, Marnie, has a life-threatening condition. The doctors believe it is in her best interests to be allowed to die, but her loving family disagree.
And so begins a fight that will take them through every stage of a legal process, as they struggle to contemplate this huge decision. Who decides? And in whose best interests will it be? The four-parter, which touches upon a subject that hit the public consciousness with cases such as Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans, is being penned by Thorne. Abi Bach is the series producer. The executive producers are Sophie Gardiner, Toby Bentley, Jack Thorne and Lucy Richer.
“This heartbreaking story delves deep into the inner turmoil these two parents experience when faced with their worst nightmare”, said the BBC’s Head of Drama Piers Wenger, who commissioned the series alongside the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore. “Jack Thorne’s talent for tackling the most complex and challenging real life stories with consideration, wisdom and vision will make this a series to remember.”
“As a parent of a three year old I’ve looked at the cases in the media about ‘best interests’ with some fascination and a little dread. When the worst happens, how do you keep your head when everything around you feels wrong?”, added Thorne. “We are going to try and tell a nuanced story that talks about this issue from all sides. I’m so happy to be working with Piers Wenger and the BBC again and to be part of the great folk at Chapter One Pictures.”
While Sophie Gardiner, Managing Director of Chapter One Pictures, added: “We are delighted and proud that the first commission for Chapter One Pictures is a Jack Thorne project of such calibre, and thrilled for it to be on BBC One. Jack writes these important stories of our time with such compassion, wit and intelligence, it’ll be a privilege for us to help bring it to life.”