Modern take on The Three Musketeers comes to BBC1

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BBC1 has ordered a ten-part series based on the characters created by Alexandre Dumas in The Three Musketeers, as part of number of new commissions being made by the Corporation’s own drama production arm.

The Musketeers is being written by Adrian Hodges, whose credits include Primeval, and the BBC said the series “bursts with escapism, adventure and romance”.

It is one of four new commissions ordered by BBC controller of drama commissioning, Ben Stephenson, from BBC Drama Production.

The other three shows are Frankie, a six-part drama about a district nurse written by Soldier Soldier creator Lucy Gannon for BBC1, The Lady Vanishes, a 90-minute drama written by Fiona Seres, which is based on the book The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White, and zombie drama The Flesh, written by Dominic Mitchell for BBC3.

BBC drama series and serials controller Kate Harwood said: “These four commissions are a tribute to the huge range of creativity and talent within the in-house drama teams both in London and Salford.”

Stephenson added that the new shows reflect the “range and ambition of in-house”.