BBC2 will be 'permanent home' for BBC films

Network also launching new push into drama production

LONDON -- BBC2 will become the new shop window for the pubcaster's own feature film output, channel head Janice Hadlow said Monday, with the net also outlining a new push into drama production funded by an anticipated £25 million ($38 million) extra cash inflow from 2012.

Speaking at a lunch hosted by the Broadcasting Press Guild, Hadlow said that the pubcaster's second channel would become the "permanent home of all output from BBC film," launching with a season of films including "The Damned United," "Eastern Promises" and "Is Anybody Out there" in July.

As part of a renewed commitment to television drama production -- which has struggled to find funding in the downturn on British commercial nets -- Hadlow has commissioned "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith to star in "Christopher and His Kind," a biopic of the 20th century writer Christopher Isherwood's formative years, which will also star Lindsay Duncan. The project has been written by Kevin Elyot, who will exec produce along with Michele Buck and Damien Timmer.

Other projects in the 2010-11 pipeline include a four-part adaptation of Victorian prostitution drama "The Crimson Petal and the White" to be produced by Origin Pictures' exec producer David Thompson.
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