2014-2015 looks to be quite an ambitious drama slate for BBC One. Death in Paradise and Call the Midwife will each return for their fourth series in 2015. New commissions will feature two new Agatha Christie adaptations, And Then There Were None and Partners in Crime. Aidan Turner (Being Human, The Hobbit), Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley, The White Queen) and Ruby Bentall (The Paradise) will co-star in the re-boot of Poldark. Based on the novels of Winston Graham, Poldark will be the lavish centerpiece of the BBC One drama schedule in 2015.
Another interesting adaptation also on the horizon in 2014-2015 is a re-make of an immensely popular series of the same name that starred Prunella Scales, Geraldine McEwan and Nigel Hawthorne which aired in the mid-80’s on Channel 4 in the UK.
Mapp And Lucia
Written by Steve Pemberton, of Pyschoville, League of Gentleman and Inside No. 9 fame, Mapp and Lucia is based on the EF Benson novels and is set in the small English town of Tilling across the Summer of 1930. Described as “celebrating the snobberies and pretensions of small town life”, the drama follows Mrs Emmeline
Lucas, known to her friends as Lucia, who decides to take a holiday in the charming Queen Anne town of Tilling. The new adaptation will star Pemberton, Anna Chancellor and Miranda Richardson.
Not only have we not talked Sherlock at this point, but we haven’t mentioned ITV as of yet and the return of Downton Abbey, Scott and Bailey, Poirot, Endeavour or the return of Lewis. Once again, it’s going to be a banner year for drama on both sides of the Atlantic.
Time to binge watch the original Poldark and Mapp and Lucia before 2015. Who’s with me?