BBC commissions six-part Poldark series

BBC director of television Danny Cohen
BBC director of television Danny Cohen. Photo: BBC
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Cutting It creator Debbie Horsfield is adapting Winston Graham’s Poldark novels into a six-part series for the BBC.

The series is one of four new dramas that has been announced by outgoing BBC1 controller Danny Cohen.

Poldark will be made by Mammoth Screen and is described as a “romantic saga” set in Cornwall during the 18th century.

Other new commissions announced include Dickensian, a new drama series written by Tony Jordan, which is being made by Red Planet Pictures. This drama will be told over 30-minute episodes and features characters from Dickens’ books, who will “meet one another in the most surprising ways”.

Meanwhile Our Zoo is written by Matt Charman and is being produced by Big Talk Productions, the company behind Rev. It is based around the man who created Chester Zoo in the 1930s.

The final commission is From There to Here, which is written by Peter Bowker and is being made by Kudos Film and Television.

It is described as a “family saga” which begins in Manchester in 1996, on the day an IRA bomb exploded in the city centre.

Cohen, who is leaving his post to become the BBC’s director of television, said: “It has been a joy and privilege to commission programmes for BBC1. I hope audiences enjoy the range and creative ambitions of these new dramas for the channel.”

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