Channel 4 has commissioned two new drama series for 2011, as part of the broadcaster’s commitment to double its output of original drama from next year.
Camilla Campbell, Channel 4 head of drama, said the series had been commissioned using money freed up from the cancellation of Big Brother, which has seen the drama department benefit from a £20 million boost to its budget.
The new series announced today are Naked Apes, which will air on Channel 4, and Beaver Falls, for E4.
Naked Apes is penned by Brian Fillis, who wrote Fear of Fanny and The Curse of Steptoe for BBC Four, and is inspired by Tom Reynolds’ book, Blood, Sweat and Tea.
It follows a group of paramedics and is being made by Daybreak Pictures, which produced Britz for Channel 4.
I had lunch with one of the producers earlier this week where he told me that the chances of this actually making this to screen are pretty good. Although, as in all things TV, there is also a chance that it will all fall through.
At some point in the near future I'll be having a meeting with the writer and producers.
I haven't seen the script yet, although it is a *drama* based on my book rather than a literal filming of the episodes. TV, and drama as a whole, works in it's own way so there have got to be a lot of changes in order to turn the book into interesting television. Also it has to be something that will be interesting to the Channel 4 demographic.
So I'm not going to be precious about it.
This is now Daybreak Pictures baby and I'm interested in what they are going to do with the source material. It should be fun.