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Catherine Tregenna writing ‘Doctor Who’ ep for Season 9

The first female writer for Doctor Who since 2008 has been revealed. Catherine Tregenna has previously written four episodes of Torchwood, as well as DCI Banks, The Fixer, Lewis and Law & Order: UK. Neil Gaiman recently commented that finding female writers for the show was “a priority” for the production team. The only female...

‘Sherlock’ writer Gatiss hints at Mary future: ‘Expect tragedy’

Mark Gatiss has warned Sherlock viewers to be prepared for “tragedy” when the show returns. The actor, writer and executive producer told Radio Times: “You can always expect tragedy as well as adventure, that’s just how it goes.” > Take a look at our Sherlock Christmas gift guide. However, Gatiss wouldn’t confirm if he was...

ITV orders ten-part ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ adventure drama

ITV has announced the commission of Jekyll & Hyde, a new action-adventure series written by The Fast Show‘s Charlie Higson. Inspired by The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and My Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, the ten-part drama has a brief to “exude mystery, fantasy, horror and sci-fi”. Set in 1930s London, Jekyll & Hyde...

Putting a different spin on TV drama

Don’t you sometimes want to be involved in the drama? Not necessarily launching yourself off a building or tip-toeing around the crater of a volcano, but don’t you think it would sometimes be nice to have more of a handle on what’s going on than your remote control allows? Sherlock bingo is a great idea,...

‘The Missing’ writers return to BBC One with ‘One of Us’

BBC One has commissioned a new thriller set in the Highlands of Scotland and Edinburgh from the creators of The Missing. Written by Harry and Jack Williams, One of Us is described as “an intense morality tale which will keep the audience guessing until its devastating climax”. The four-part series sees a horrific double murder...

‘Derek’ to end with one-off Christmas special

Ricky Gervais has confirmed that his Channel 4 comedy-drama Derek will finish with a one-off special next month. Gervais commented: “I did toy with a third series, particularly after the Emmy nod, but I decided to stick to my usual formula of 2 series and a special. It’s a bittersweet experience as always. I’m sorry...

Matt Smith joins ‘Patient Zero’ movie

Doctor Who star Matt Smith has joined the cast of Patient Zero, a new action-thriller about the fight against a global pandemic. Smith appear star alongide Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer in the movie. Deadline reports that the movie follows an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies that has resulted in the...

BBC One to adapt Roald Dahl’s ‘Revolting Rhymes’

BBC One has commissioned new animations based on Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl from the makers of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes features classic fairy stories such as Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk with some surprising twists and illustrations by Quentin Blake. The two half-hour animated films will air...

BBC One orders political thriller ‘Undercover’ by creator of ‘Silk’

BBC One has commissioned a new “gripping political thriller” from Silk writer Peter Moffat. The six-part series follows a lead character who is about to become the first black Director Of Public Prosecutions. Moffat also penned BBC One’s Criminal Justice and The Village. The official synopsis for Undercover reads: “Just as her life comes under...

BBC One orders autism drama ‘The A Word’

Occupation writer Peter Bowker will return to BBC One with a new drama series about a family whose youngest son is diagnosed with autism. Based on the Israeli series by Prisoners of War creator Keren Margalit, the six-part drama is described as “a funny and thought-provoking series about parenthood and childhood and what it’s like...