'The Hour’ Creator Gets BBC Order for Police Drama
LONDON – Emmy award-winning writer Abi Morgan, the writer and creator of BBC Two’s The Hour, has found a BBC One home for a six-part police drama, River.
The show revolves around a brilliant male police officer named John River 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. He 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.
Morgan said: "River is a fractured mind navigating a brutal world. And he does it wearing a police badge. I can't think of a better home for it than the BBC."
Morgan's show, produced for the BBC by U.K. TV powerhouse production label Kudos, part of Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Group, is the latest program order from new BBC One controller Charlotte Moore.
Moore described Morgan as 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."
Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama commissioning, added that Morgan's Emmy win for The Hour on Sunday night showed "what a world-class talent she is" before describing River as a "corker with all Abi's unique qualities -- smart, moving, warm and full of huge surprises."
The Hour ran for two seasons before being canceled by the BBC earlier this year on its way to picking up the Emmy earlier this month.
River was commissioned by Moore and Stephenson.
The executive producers are Jane Featherstone, Manda Levin and Morgan for Kudos Film and Television and Lucy Richer for the BBC.
Shooting for River will begin in London in 2014, and the program will air on BBC One in 2015.