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BBC2 unveils Blick, Radcliffe dramas

BBC2 in the UK is expanding its drama slate with a show penned by The Honourable Woman scribe Hugo Blick and a special starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Him & Her ran for four seasons

Him & Her ran for four seasons

Game Changer (1×90′) stars Radcliffe and Bill Paxton as the key figures behind the creation of video game Grand Theft Auto, and tells the story of the people who made it a household name. The show will be produced in-house and is written by James Wood (Rev, Ambassadors).

Details of Blick’s latest drama are being kept under wraps, but the pubcaster said it is set in “contemporary Africa” and centres on a “compelling set of characters caught up in a very human moral dilemma.”

BBC2 has also ordered comedy show Mum, from the creative team behind former BBC3 series Him & Her.

The 6×30’ series is being produced by Big Talk Productions in association with The Money Men Productions. It is written by Stefan Golaszewski, who is exec producing alongside Kenton Allen. Richard Laxton directs with Lyndsay Robinson producing.

The show features Lesley Manville (Another Year) as a mother rebuilding her life following the death of her husband.

It was commissioned by Shane Allen, the BBC’s controller of comedy commissioning, and Kim Shillinglaw, controller of BBC2 and BBC4. Him & Her ran for four seasons from 2010 to 2014 and is being distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Elsewhere, dark comic thriller Stag (3×60′), also made in-house, explores what happens when a hunting trip goes wrong, while Two Doors Down follows the relationship between two sets of neighbours.

On the factual front, Atlantic – Earth’s Wildest Ocean (3×60′) is from the BBC’s Natural History Unit (NHU) and explores the people who travel the ocean and also its sea life, while Japan: Earth’s Enchanted Island, also from the NHU, looks at the 6,000 islands that surround the country’s mainland.

Children of the Gaza War explores the lives of kids caught up in conflict in the Middle East, while BBC Productions’ cookery show Simply Nigella, starring celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, will air alongside Love Productions’ The Great British Pottery Throw Down, which tests contestants’ pottery skills.

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