BBC One Orders Northern Ireland Abortion Drama ‘When It Happens To You’

BBC One has ordered When It Happens To You, a drama that explores the emotive issues around abortion in Northern Ireland and the experience of families and their loved ones whose lives have been profoundly affected by it.

Gwyneth Hughes is penning the script for the drama, which is set up at Studio Lambert. The executive producers are Susan Hogg and Gwyneth Hughes for Studio Lambert, and Lucy Richer for the BBC. “I knew the law was different, but I had no idea what that really meant until I went to Northern Ireland and met some of the families involved”, Hughes said. “I’ve been deeply moved by their experiences and feel honoured to be asked to share their stories.”

“Abortion is a complex and emotive subject, and it continues to divide opinion in Northern Ireland and elsewhere”, commented the BBC’s Controlller of Drama Piers Wenger, who commissioned the drama alongside the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore. “Following months of detailed research, Gwyneth and the Studio Lambert team will help audiences get an insight into how abortion law has affected many different women and their families. Their stories are powerful, personal and memorable.”

While Executive Producer Susan Hogg added:  “Growing up in Northern Ireland I was always aware of the heated debate surrounding the issue of abortion, and this is a story I’ve wanted to tell for many years. Terminations are illegal even when doctors agree that the foetus has no chance of survival or where a pregnancy has been the result of rape or incest. We will go behind the headlines and tell the true stories of women and girls and their families who have been deeply affected by the law.”