Wednesday, July 15, 2009

BBC Commissions New Programming, including a Crime Drama and a Sherlock Holmes Adventure Series

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In a press release yesterday, the BBC announced that the network has commissioned over 20 hours of original authored drama for BBC One next year, including a crime dramas and an adventure series which features a 21st century Sherlock Holmes.

Luther (working title) is a 6 episode (60 minutes each) psychological crime drama in which John Luther is a detective struggling with his own terrible demons; he might just be as dangerous as the depraved murderers he hunts. Each week, the killer's identity will be known to the audience, making every story both a ticking clock and a psychic duel between hunter and quarry – who have more in common than either would like to think.

Sherlock is a 3 episode (90 minutes each) contemporary take on the classic stories, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the new Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his loyal friend, Dr John Watson. Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast-paced adventure series set in present-day London.

There's also a 5 episode series called The Deep. From the overview, it's hard to tell if this is a thriller or simply science fiction / horror. Set far below the Arctic ice, the action follows the crew of an oceanographer's submarine as they search the final frontiers of Earth for unknown and remarkable life forms. When inexplicable circumstances cause catastrophe to strike, the crew find themselves stranded with no power, limited oxygen and no communication with the surface. And they are completely alone – or so they think.

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