BBC Orders New Doc from 'Amy' Director, Series from Writer of ‘Philomena’

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'Amy' helmer Asif Kapadia will examine the racially charged murder of Stephen Lawrence in a new doc, while 'Philomena' scribe Jeff Pope will pen a series on the impact of British serial killer Stephen Port.

The BBC used the second day of the Edinburgh TV Festival to unveil a trio of new dramas, alongside a documentary from some of the U.K.’s most celebrated filmmakers, for its flagship BBC One channel.

On the non-scripted side, Oscar-winning Amy director Asif Kapadia and his producer partner James Gay-Rees will do a three-part documentary for the BBC on the 1993 racially motivated murder of Stephen Lawrence, one of the most famous criminal cases in 20th century Britain. Lawrence, a British black man, was attacked and killed by a group of white men while waiting for a bus. Five suspects were arrested but not convicted. Subsequent inquiries, and a change in Britain's double jeopardy law, allowed the re-trial of two of the suspects, who were found guilty of murder. The documentary project will look at every aspect of the case, including the subsequent inquiries, pulling into one complete timeline.

Unveiling its new drama slate, the BBC appeared inspired by the Scottish setting of the Edinburgh festival, with two new projects set up North.

The Cry, the first TV commission from Synchronicity Films, is adopted from the novel by Helen FitzGerald and chronicles the collapse of a marriage in the aftermath of a tragedy, exploring the myths and truths of motherhood.

Set in Edinburgh, The Victim comes from STV Productions and writer Rob Williams, and is a contemporary legal thriller told through the eyes of the plaintiff and the accused.

The third new BBC series, The Barking Murders, will come from the pen of Philomena screenwriter Jeff Pope and Neil McKay. The series is based on the crimes of British serial killer Stephen Port, aka the Grindr Killer, but will delve beneath the headlines to tell the story of the families of his victims.

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