UKTV’s community Drama has entered the unique manufacturing recreation.
The channel’s first unique scripted collection might be Outrageous, a six-part present from BBC Studios-owned Firebird Photos, written by Sarah Williams (Small Island, Flesh and Blood, The Lengthy Music).
The collection will have a look at the well-known British socialite sisters the Mitfords, whose antics within the Thirties made their household one of the vital well-known within the UK, and what drove them in numerous instructions and to very completely different finish factors. A number of infamously assist fascism and the Nazis, although two grew to become staunch opponents of the ideology. Two grew to become well-known authors.
Solid and crew might be introduced over the approaching months, with manufacturing kicking off subsequent summer season.
In keeping with UK, Outrageous will “carry the complete, uncensored story of the Mitford sisters to the display for the primary time – a narrative of household betrayals, public scandal, political extremism, private heartache and even imprisonment.”
“I’ve been intrigued by these infamous sisters for a few years and am thrilled to lastly be bringing their tales to the display,” mentioned Williams. “We’ve seen many fictionalised variations of their lives earlier than, however on this household’s case, the reality actually is much stranger and extra astonishing than something you would invent.
“These six headstrong ladies have usually been accused of being mad, unhealthy and harmful to know – and a few them had been – however what all of them had was absolutely the braveness of their convictions and to hell with the results. And that makes for a cracking good story.”
The present was commissioned by UKTV’s Senior Commissioning Editor Philippa Collie Cousins and Head of Scripted Pete Thornton and ordered by Drama Channel Director Emma Ayech. Firebird’s Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Matthew Mosley will govt produce alongside Collie Cousins.
For Firebird, the order comes quickly after BBC Studios, which owns UKTV, acquired the shares in drama firm it didn’t already personal.
UKTV CEO Marcus Arthur revealed Drama would start commissioning its personal unique scripted collection earlier this yr on the Edinburgh TV Competition. Then in November, long-serving exec Hilary Rosen was upped to move all commissioning, including scripted amongst her new duties.
Drama channel chief Ayech mentioned Outrageous was “the subsequent step” in a “continued ambition to be the vacation spot channel for followers of high quality British drama.”