BBC America Announces New Shows

Jun 27, 2005  •  Post A Comment

BBC America announced six new co-productions and six new acquisitions Monday. The slate includes comedies, dramas, miniseries and telepics. Recently the channel announced it plans to double its programming budget over the next two years.

“BBC America has a fantastic record of being ahead of the curve, breaking quality, innovative, award-winning shows in the U.S. — many of which have gone on to be formatted on other networks,” said BBC America General Manager Kathryn Mitchell, who joined the network from Comedy Central in January. “Our aim is to back up continued critical success with programming that will appeal to a broad-based U.S. audience.”

Here’s a look at the new programming:

  • “Viva Blackpool” — A musical mixing Broadway song-and-dance routines set against a small-town drama (BBC America/BBC Drama).

  • “Bodies” — A gritty hospital drama (Hat Trick).

  • “Messiah: The Promise” — A two-part next chapter in the “Messiah” detective thriller series (BBC America/BBC Northern Ireland and Paramount International Television in association with Messiah Three Films).

  • “Friends and Crocodiles” and “Gideon’s Daughter” — Two made-for-television movies by playwright Stephen Poliakoff (Talkback productions for co-producers BBC America/BBC).

  • “Love Soup” — A one-hour romantic comedy series about a perfectly suited couple who have never met (BBC America/BBC co-production).

  • “The Robinsons” — A half-hour family comedy series starring Martin Freeman of “The Office” (BBC America/BBC co-production).

  • “Teachers” — A one-hour drama series about the lives and loves of a group of teachers (Tiger Aspect).

  • “The Thick of It” — A half-hour political satire following a British government minister (BBC).

  • “Bad Girls” — A female prison drama (Shed Productions).

  • “Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky” — A one-hour drama based on the autobiographical novel by Patrick Hamilton of life in 1930s London (BBC).

  • “Mr Harvey Lights a Candle” — A made-for-television movie about a widowed schoolteacher (BBC).