Russell T Davies


HBO Max expands co-pros by joining Channel 4 drama ‘Boys’

HBO Max has joined as a co-production partner on Channel 4 and Russell T Davies’ drama Boys, building on the streamer’s expanding partnerships with broadcasters outside of the US. The yet-to-launch WarnerMedia-backed streamer will be the exclusive US home to Boys (working title), which started principal photography in October. The drama is from Studiocanal-owned Red […]

BBC One readies drama from Doctor Who’s Russell T Davies

Doctor Who’s Russell T Davies is set to write new BBC One drama Years and Years, which follows the lives of a family in a dystopian British society. Commissioned for BBC One, Years and Years will be produced by Red Production Company and executive produced by Nicola Shindler (Happy Valley). The title follows a Manchester […]

Different shades of Red: Nicola Shindler one-on-one

Nicola Shindler is surely the most well known drama producer from Manchester, England, with a credits list including Queer as Folk, Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley. She tells Jesse Whittock about finding the perfect story and whether she could produce in the US Think of the most influential producers in the UK in […]

Hugh Grant returns to TV for BBC’s A Very British Scandal

Hugh Grant is returning to TV for the first time in 20 years. The actor, best known for his roles in iconic feature films such as Four Weddings and A Funeral and Bridget Jones’s Diary, has been lined up to play former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe in BBC1 three-part drama A Very English Scandal. […]

Troy among a raft of BBC commissions

The BBC has ordered several new shows including Fall of a City, an epic period drama about the fall of Troy. The UK pubcaster also confirmed a 1x90mins TV version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Doctor Who scribe Russell T Davies (left) adapting the Shakespeare play for BBC One. Troy: Fall of a City […]

Shakespeare drama for BBC

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION FESTIVAL Doctor Who writer Russell T. Davies is penning a 90-minute television adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for UK terrestrial BBC One. Director Steve McQueen, meanwhile, is creating a six-part drama about West Indian communities in Britain during the the late Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. Billed as “bold and […]

Logo pre-buys Russell T. Davies dramas

US lesbian and gay-skewed channel Logo has pre-bought a pair of sexuality-themed dramas from Queer as Folk writer Russell T. Davies. Cucumber and Banana are interlinked drama series that UK broadcaster Channel 4 commissioned earlier this year from StudioCanal-owned producer Red Production Company. Logo has signed up, officially as a coproducer, though the shows have […]

UK kids biz urges tax break action

A major UK children’s TV lobbying group has welcomed government comments that suggest tax breaks for live-action kids series could be forthcoming. In an open letter to the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, The Children’s Media Foundation urged the tax breaks be committed to in the UK’s Autumn Statement, which outlines government spending […]

Russell T. Davies dramas to spotlight gay life

Queer as Folk creator Russell T. Davies is creating a pair of TV dramas and an online series that will explore gay life in the 21st century. Cucumber will be an 8x60mins series for UK broadcaster Channel 4 about a 46 year-old man, his long-suffering boyfriend and a disastrous life altering date night; while Banana […]

News brief: Russell T. Davies’ Wizards Vs. Aliens finds US home

US children’s channel The Hub has acquired Russell T. Davies’ live-action series Wizards Vs. Aliens. The Discovery Communications and toyco Hasbro joint venture network will launch the show, which comes from Davies and his writing partner Phil Ford, with a two-part episode on Saturday, June 1. The show follows a 16 year-old boy wizard and […]