BBC Plans New “Troy,” JK Rowling Projects

BBC One has revealed a slate of new drama projects in the works or set to air in the UK later this Fall alongside new episodes of returning favorites like “Doctor Who,” “Luther” and “Sherlock”.

First up there’s the epic event series “Troy – Fall Of A City,” a multi-part drama which will be set against the backdrop of the war between Greece and Troy and focuses on the collapse of one family. This explores the origins of the saga and offers a Trojan point of view to events.

Next comes an adaptation of JK Rowling’s secretly-penned post-‘Harry Potter’ series of detective novels “The Cormoran Strike Mysteries”. The contemporary series will focus on a war veteran turned private detective.

A new telemovie adaptation of E.R. Braithwaite’s 1959 novel “To Sir With Love” is on the way which will be set in the East End following WW2 and follows a former Guyanese engineer turned teacher who transforms the lives of a class of unruly white working-class kids.

There’s also three-part adaptation of the Mark Billingham novel “Rush of Blood” about three couples who return from a holiday in Florida and realize one of them must have been responsible for a murder.

Next is the eight-part drama “The Last Post” set in Aden in 1965 and based on the childhood memories of “The Village” series creator Peter Moffat. It follows a British Army unit fighting a terrorist insurgency in the Middle East.

Coming this Fall is the twenty-part drama “Dickensian,” a kind of “League of Extraordinary Gentleman”-style literary hero mash-up starring Stephen Rea.

Finally there’s “The Hour” creator Abi Morgan’s new project “River,” the Weinstein co-produced new adaptation of “War and Peace,” and David Farr’s new AMC co-production “The Night Manager”.

Source: Deadline