BBC1 announces five new drama commissions

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Scott and Bailey creator Sally Wainwright is penning a new six-part series for BBC1 called Happy Valley.

The drama is one of five new commissions announced by the BBC today.

Wainwright’s series focuses on a kidnapping and is being made by Red Production Company, with Nicola Shindler as executive producer.

Meanwhile, Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures is making By Any Means for BBC1.

A team of writers led by Jordan is penning the series, which is about a covert police department.

Other commissions announced for BBC1 today include What Remains, a four-part serial by Tony Basgallop, which is being made by the drama department at the Corporaion, and The Escape Artist, by David Wolstencroft. This is being made by Endor Productions.

The fifth commission is The Great Train Robbery, written by Chris Chibnall, which will be broadcast to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous heist.

It is being made by World Productions.

All of the dramas were commissioned by BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson and Danny Cohen, the controller of BBC1.

Stephenson said: “We are the home of British drama and combine the UK’s hottest talent both on and off screen to produce the highest quality programmes that aim to up the ambition and scale of our output.”