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'We will take risks others won't!' BBC commissions 12 new dramas

The BBC has commissioned 12 new dramas, including the screenwriting debut of Sex Education star Aimee Lou Wood credit:Bang Showbiz
The BBC has commissioned 12 new dramas, including the screenwriting debut of Sex Education star Aimee Lou Wood credit:Bang Showbiz

The BBC has commissioned 12 new dramas, and admitted it wants to "take the risks others won't".

Director of BBC Drama, Lindsay Salt, has urged producers, writers and directors to "venture into the creative unknown", as she announced new dramas featuring the screenwriting debut of 'Sex Education' star Aimee Lou Wood, and The Town's Rebecca Hall will appear in new programme 'The Listeners'.

Speaking at a BBC event, Lindsay said: "Inflation, content and platform saturation, streamer retrenchment, the writers’ strike, it’s all fed a serious slowdown. Five years ago, everyone was willing to make brave choices… But today there’s much more short termism…

"I worry that risk-taking is becoming a dirty word. And that, in less than a decade, the industry might be moving from Peak TV to Peak Caution.

"But not the BBC... there’s something about this moment, the current climate in our industry, that makes our approach to risk even more essential.

"While others might become more cautious, we will go further and take the risks others won’t."

One of the BBC's new commissions includes Aimee and 'SAS Rogue Heroes' star Ralph Davis' screenwriting debut, romantic comedy-drama 'Film Club', while 'Sex Education' writer Richard Gadd has penned new six-part drama series 'Lions'.

The BBC has also commissioned 'Dear England', a drama series about the England football team's manager Gareth Southgate, which is based on James Graham’s National Theatre play of the same name.

What's more, fans of Abi Morgan's 'The Split' will be pleased to hear a spin-off is on the way in the shape of 'The Split Up'.

Other commissions include crime drama 'The City is Ours', coming-of-age story 'The Dream Lands' - which is based on novel 'Dreamland' - as well as 'The Ministry of Time', which is based on Kaliane Bradley’s hotly-anticipated debut novel of the same name.

Writer and filmmaker Charlotte Regan will bring darkly comic and unconventional drama 'Mint' to life, while emotional thriller 'Reunion' will follow the journey of a deaf man determined to right his wrongs.

What's more, writer Janice Okoh has a new series, 'We Go Again', based on her play 'Three Birds', and the BBC has also ordered two more six-part series of Belfast-based police drama 'Blue Lights'.