BBC One have commissioned a new six-part drama from Abi Morgan, creator of The Hour!

BBC One have commissioned a new six-part drama from Abi Morgan, creator of The Hour!

This is the second bit of great news for Abi Morgan this week: on Sunday, she won an Emmy for The Hour (BBC Two), in the category Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special, beating, among others, Tom Stoppard (who was nominated for Parade’s End).

Today, BBC One have announced that Morgan will be writing a new original drama series for them. This is from the Media Pack:

John River is a brilliant police officer whose genius and fault-line is the fragility of his mind – a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest. A man who must walk a professional tightrope between a pathology so extreme he risks permanent dismissal, and a healthy state of mind that would cure him of his gift.

Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, says: “RIVER is full of intriguing twists and turns and I was truly gripped when the script came in. Abi’s one of Britain’s most distinctive and original storytellers and her ability to push the boundaries of the genre in surprising ways makes RIVER her perfect debut on BBC One.”

There are no definite commitments to an air date or other details:

The 6×60-minute series is made by Kudos (The Hour, From There To Here, Broadchurch) for BBC One. Filming will commence in London next year and the programme will transmit on BBC One in 2015 […] and casting will be announced in due course.


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