McGovern’s Moving On gets second series

Moving On, the BBC daytime drama executive produced by Jimmy McGovern and broadcast in May this year, has been commissioned for a second series.

Liam Keelan, controller of daytime at the BBC, has ordered ten more episodes of the show – twice as many as the first series.

Like the first run, the show’s second outing will comprise stand-alone episodes all linked by the theme of how to move on in life.

The series will once again be written by a combination of new and established writers, who will be mentored by McGovern, with the series filmed on location in and around Liverpool.

Keelan said: “As the sole provider of originated drama in daytime, it’s really important BBC One delivers something as distinctive as Moving On.”

Moving On’s first series starred Shelia Hancock, Richard Armitage, Lesley Sharp, Mark Womack, Dervla Kerwin and Ian Hart and was repeated in an evening slot on BBC1.

It is made by Liverpool production company LA Productions.

Producer Colin McKeown said: “The series represented an opportunity to blend high-profile experienced talent both on and off the screen, with upcoming writers and directors. Any drama series is only as good as its screenplay and to have Jimmy McGovern as the writers’ mentor ensures the highest quality of writing which in turn attracts the highest quality of cast.”

Filming begins on Moving On later this year. It will transmit in spring 2010.

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