The BBC has announced multiple new limited drama series commissioned for its flagship channel BBC One, while BBC Three is set to get a new eight-part horror series from Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” and Apple TV+ series “See” writers Michael and Paul Clarkson.
The biggest of the BBC One shows seems to be “Roadkill,” a new four-part thriller hailing from acclaimed playwright and screenwriter David Hare and starring Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie.
Laurie stars as Peter Laurence, a charismatic Conservative Party government minister who remains remorseless and guilt-free even as shameful revelations about his personal life emerge. Rivals plot to undermine him while he continues to pursue his ambitions.
Michael Keillor (“Line of Duty,” “Chimerica”) directs the project which has Hare, Keillor, George Faber, Lucy Richer and Mark Pybus as executive producers.
Over on BBC Three, Eleven Film and eOne are producing “Red Rose” by the Clarksons which follows a disparate group of teenagers, adrift in the long hot summer following GCSEs, hanging out on the Bolton moors with little sense of direction or purpose. Rumours circulate of the Red Rose phone app, an urban legend encouraging users to undertake a series of challenges increasingly dangerous in their demands.
When one of teens does, she sets in motion a series of events that take the town by storm, and bring the friends together to battle the unseen forces of a seemingly supernatural entity. Joel Wilson, Jamie Campbell, Polly Williams and Mona Qureshi are executive producing.
Back to BBC One and another big new commission is the crime thriller “Inside Man” which hails from “Sherlock” co-creator and former “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat. Hartswood Films is producing that four-part series which follows how a U.S. death row prisoner and a woman trapped in a cellar under an English vicarage cross paths in the most unexpected way. Production is slated to kick off late 2020.
Also on the way is “Barry” writer Sarah Solemani’s new four-part adaptation of Jo Bloom’s novel “Ridley Road” which Red Production will produce. That focuses on the rise of fascism in Sixties London and one young woman’s fight against it. Gwyneth Hughes (“Vanity Fair”) is spearheading “When It Happens To You,” a series which explores the issues around abortion in Northern Ireland and the families affected by it. Studio Lambert will produce that.
Finally The Beeb has also ordered the David Attenborough special “Extinction: The Facts” about the future of the planet, the documentary “A Royal Road To Wembley: Tackling Mental Health” about Prince William’s work with men’s mental health issues, and the Lucy Montgomery and Rhys Thomas-penned cross-generational comedy pilot “Bumps” about a 60-something divorcee with adult children (and no grandkids) living at home.