Truckers and ghosts feature among new BBC1 dramas

Truckers, ghosts, the War of the Roses and a period detective drama feature in the new dramas in the BBC One schedule this year.

BBC Commissioning Drama boss Ben Stephenson said the Beeb was upping ‘the scale and pace of our output in order to secure the next generation of mainstream hits, risk taking and originality.’

Stephenson announced five new commissions. “War Of The Roses is one of the most ambitious projects ever attempted by the BBC – a huge slice of history told from the perspective of the powerful women behind the throne. The Secret Of Crickley Hall, written and directed by Joe Ahearne, is a terrifying and haunting ghost story.

“Truckers by William Ivory (Made in Dagenham), a series about truck drivers whose lives on the road conflict with their lives at home, is full of big laughs and emotions.

“On the back of the success of Great Expectations this Christmas comes The Moonstone, the world’s first detective story and a powerful love story with the brilliant detective Sergeant Cuff at the centre. Also next Christmas, Room On The Broom, from the makers of The Gruffalo, is a captivating story about friendship, family, cats and witches.”

He also announced the recommission of Death in Paradise, starring Ben Miller; Anthony and Cleopatra, starring Sir Derek Jacobi and Sarah Lancashire; Ripper Street, starring Matthew Macfadyen; Hayley Atwell in Restless, based on William Boyd’s best-seller; and Sean Bean and Stephen Graham in Jimmy McGovern’s Accused.