The BBC has ordered eleven new high-end drama productions including new adaptations of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds,” May Alcott’s “Little Women,” and Rumer Godden’s “Black Narcissus”.
“Victoria” producers Mammoth Screen are behind the new three-part ‘Worlds’ which “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” writer Peter Harness will pen. “Apple Tree Yard” writer Amanda Coe will pen the ‘Narcissus’ take, and “Call the Midwife” creator Heidi Thomas will handle the three-part “Little Women”.
Also on the way are the first-ever screen adaptation of Vikram Seth’s 1993 novel “A Suitable Boy,” the Sam Mendes-produced six-part thriller “Informer,” Stephen Poliakoff’s six-part semi-autobiographical drama “Summer of Rockets,” Danny Brocklehurst’s North Ireland three-part drama “Come Home,” and the three-part true-story drama “A Very English Scandal” from writer Russell T. Davies and director Stephen Frears.
There’s also a Netflix co-production planned – “Humans” creator Joe Barton’s eight-part crime drama “Giri/Haji”(“Duty/Shame”) about a middle-aged Tokyo detective who travels to London in search of his younger brother. Finally, there’s “The Wilsons” in which “Luther” actress Ruth Wilson will play her own grandmother in a story set across London and India in the mid-20th Century.
They join “Manchester-by-the-Sea” director Kenneth Lonergan’s currently in production four-part adaptation of E.M. Forster’s “Howards End” for BBC One and Starz starring Hayley Atwell and Matthew Macfadyen (pictured above).