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BBC orders four dramas

The BBC has ordered four original drama series for BBC1, including a project from the writer of Damilola, Our Loved Boy.

Piers Wenger

Dark Mon£y is a 4×60’ series written by Levi David Addai, who previously penned BBC1’s drama about the murder of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor in London.

Produced by The Forge, the UK prodco behind Channel 4 dramas Kiri and National Treasure, Dark Mon£y sees an ordinary London family decide to accept a substantial pay-off from a renowned filmmaker to keep silent about the abuse of their youngest son. Its executive producers are George Faber and Mark Pybus for The Forge, Lucy Richer for BBC1 and Addai.

It is joined on the slate, revealed today by BBC head of drama Piers Wenger and director of content Charlotte Moore, by Gold Digger (6×60’).

Written and created by Marnie Dickens (Thirteen) and produced by Mainstreet Pictures in the UK, Gold Digger tells the story of a wealthy 60-year-old who falls in love with a man 25 years her junior. It is being exec produced by Dickens alongside Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes for Mainstreet Pictures and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC1.

Meanwhile, the Capture (6×60’) is written by Ben Chanan (Cyberbully) and produced by Heyday Television and NBCUniversal International Studios. It is described as a “spy show for the modern era” and begins with the arrest of an innocent man before escalating into a conspiracy of manipulated evidence. David Heyman and Rosie Alison exec produce for Heyday Television, alongside Ben Irving for BBC1, Tom Coan for NBCUniversal International Studios and Chanan. It will be distributed by NBCUniversal International Distribution.

Finally, Elizabeth is Missing (1×90’) is based on the bestselling novel by Emma Healey. Written by Andrea Gibb (Swallows & Amazons), the TV adaptation follows an elderly woman suffering with dementia who is convinced something terrible has happened to her missing best friend.

Produced by STV Productions, the show is exec produced by Sarah Brown and Andrea Gibb for STV and Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Gaynor Holmes for BBC1.

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