BBC Drama


Former BBC exec Maggie Boden joins Ink Factory creative team

Maggie Boden has been hired as director of development for the London and LA-based indie prodco The Ink Factory. Boden, who was formerly development producer for BBC Drama Studios and Big Light Productions, will be based out of the London office and report to The Ink Factory’s recently appointed creative director Katherine Butler. She also […]

BBC to adapt Sally Rooney’s ‘Conversations with Friends’

The BBC is doubling down on its adaptations of acclaimed author Sally Rooney’s work. BBC Drama is to adapt the writer’s best-selling debut novel Conversations With Friends (12×30-minutes). The news comes ahead of the Spring launch of the BBC and Hulu’s adaptation of Rooney’s Normal People. Like Normal People, Conversations with Friends will be produced […]

BBC Wales drama chief to join War & Peace prodco

BBC Wales head of drama Faith Penhale (pictured) will join the prodco behind upcoming drama War & Peace, Lookout Point, as joint CEO. Starting in February 2016, she will work alongside Lookout Point founder and co-chief executive Simon Vaughan to develop the firm’s original drama slate. She currently oversees the BBC Drama department behind shows […]

BBC Wales drama chief to join War & Peace prodco

BBC Wales head of drama Faith Penhale (pictured) will join the prodco behind upcoming drama War & Peace, Lookout Point, as joint CEO. Starting in February 2016, she will work alongside Lookout Point founder and co-chief executive Simon Vaughan to develop the firm’s original drama slate. She currently oversees the BBC Drama department behind shows […]

BBC in Israeli drama remake first

UK pubcaster BBC One is working on an adaptation of Israeli scripted format The A Word. The series is thought to represent the first time a British broadcaster has acquired and remade an Israeli scripted format, though US channel Showtime’s UK remake of Prisoners of War is popular on Channel 4. Endemol-owned Fifty fathoms, which […]

BBC Drama restructures with Harwood successors

UK pubcaster the BBC has created three England-based head of drama roles, as part of restructure that has followed Kate Harwood’s exit to lead FremantleMedia prodco Euston Films. Hilary Salmon (pictured) has been appointed into one of two London-based positions, with Hilary Martin taking on a north England role. Another London post is yet to […]

BBC Worldwide scores Lake, Paradise drama deals

BBC Worldwide has sold its dramas Top of the Lake, The Paradise and Father Brown to a batch of broadcasters around the world. This comes after BBCWW yesterday revealed its programme sales revenues had topped £300 million (US$454 million) for the financial year for the first time. These latest deals see 6x60mins See-Saw Films-produced BBC […]

Endemol picks up rights to BBC’s Ark

Endemol has taken international rights to upcoming six-part BBC drama The Ark. The series, about World War One medics, will go into production later this year and air on the BBC in 2014 to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the conflict. Across six one-hour episodes, there will be a story of the week as […]