BBC Announces New Dramas From 'Suffragette' Writer, 'Happy Valley' Producer

Happy Valley BBC - H 2014

Happy Valley BBC - H 2014

The broadcaster used the Edinburgh TV Festival to reveal a number of new commissions.

BBC director of content Charlotte Moore used her panel discussion on day one of the Edinburgh TV Festival to announce a slew of new commissions from the broadcaster.

Among the newly announced productions is The Split, from acclaimed writer Abi Morgan (Suffragette) and exec producer Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, Humans). Produced by Featherstone's new banner, Sister Pictures, the drama will be set in the world of female divorce lawyers.

The four-part Trust Me comes from Red Production Co., behind Happy Valley, and tells the story of a nurse who loses her job for whistleblowing.

Following on his hit procedural series Line of Duty, Jed Mecurio has created and written Bodyguard, a six-part thriller featuring the specialist branch of London's Metropolitan Police Service dealing with the protection of royalty. The fourth series of Line of Duty, meanwhile, will star Thandie Newton as a guest lead, it was announced Wednesday.

Also among the new commissions is the adaptation of Malorie Blackman's YA novel Noughts and Crosses, from Poldark and Victoria producers Mammoth Screen, plus nature series Serengeti, which will use moving spy cameras to tell the real-life stories of "some of the most charismatic animals in Africa."