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BBC1 invites Endor, Clearwood to dance

CONTENT LONDON: UK broadcaster BBC1 has commissioned a feature-length drama about two people with Parkinson’s disease who share a love of dance.

Paul Mayhew-Archer

The BBC commissioned But When We Dance from Red Arrow Studios’ Endor Productions and Clearwood Films as part of a “three-part plan” designed to significantly improve representation of, and opportunities for, disabled people both on- and off-air.

The 1×90′ drama is written by Paul Mayhew-Archer, who co-wrote Endor Productions’ Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench TV feature Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot with Richard Curtis.

Jonny Campbell (Doctor Who, Westworld) is directing, while Hilary Bevan Jones is producing. Exec producing are Lucy Richer for the BBC, Ellie Wood for Clearwood Films and Mayhew-Archer, who has Parkinson’s himself.

“Paul writes with honesty, humour and hope about an important subject which will impact on many of us in our lifetimes,” said Richer.

The commission, by BBC director of content Charlotte Moore and controller of BBC drama Piers Wenger, was unveiled on the first day of C21’s Drama Summit as part of the annual Content London conference.

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