BBC and ITV clash over Love Life drama

Television bosses are believed to be in talks after both the BBC and ITV commissioned separate romantic dramas with the same title – Love Life.

The BBC show, which has a cast including former Doctor Who David Tennant, Billie Piper and David Morrissey is billed as “five original, provocative love stories”.

The ITV version is set in Manchester and described by the channel as a “three part drama about love, romance, family and babies”.

It is understood that BBC and ITV are in talks to resolve the problem with one possibility being that one of the shows is renamed.

The cast for the ITV version has not been announced yet but it is written by Bill Gallagher who wrote the hit BBC series Lark Rise to Candleford and will start filming in October.

ITV’s director of drama commissioning Laura Mackie said: “Love Life is a tender and funny story about grown-ups who refuse to grow up.

“We’re delighted with Bill’s scripts as they are warm, romantic and comic as he analyses how good people come to terms with the trials of love. We’re delighted to commission Love Life for ITV1 viewers.”

The writer of the BBC show, Dominic Savage, said the five linked episodes were “a modern view on the age old mystery of love”.

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