BBC Drama "Murder" and the Return of "The Thick of It"
The BBC have announced the British directorial debut of Birger Larsen. The director behind the Critical acclaimed Danish TV thriller The Killing, while the BBC's own critically acclaimed satirical comedy series The Thick of it is to return to BBC 2.
Murder is is co-created by Robert Jones and Kath Mattock, the writer/producer team behind the Channel 4 series Buried.
Karla Crome and Lara Rossi have been cast in the lead roles of sisters Coleen and Erin. The sisters meet up with Stefan (Joe Dempsie) who is passing through their home town, hours later one of them is dead, but who did it and why?
The series relies on direct to camera evidence of the character's version of events, accompanied by CCTV footage, flashbacks and forensic evidence. Writer Robert Jones and Creator Kath Mattlock spent months in the Old Bailey sifting through different types of evidence to create the series.
According to Birger Larsen “I can say without exaggeration that it was the best script I have seen since The Killing. I was attracted to the fact that it’s written in such a way that the actors talk direct to camera. It feels original and intimate. You’re drawn into their world – you see it through their eyes”.
The Thick of It
Armando Iannucci's award-winning political comedy The Thick of It returns to BBC 2 for a new series. Seven new episodes have been produced in-house by the BBC and are to air this autumn on BBC 2.
The series has a new coalition government and a new opposition. Malcolm Tucker returns with Nicola Murray MP but this time on the opposition benches, as Peter Mannion takes on the role of Secretary of State for The Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship (DOSAC), but now has the addition of a coalition junior Minister Fergus Williams MP. Peter Mannion is supported by his team of special advisors and the new Director of Communications at Number 10 Stewart Pearson.
Armando Iannucci says: "This series takes The Thick Of It into exciting and uncharted territory: a new Coalition Government, and Malcolm and Nicola fretting in the wings. For the first time too a storyline takes us all the way through the series right to the bitter, bitter end, with Government and Opposition convulsed in an incident that questions every political convention imaginable, but in a funny way."