Channel 4 announces three new dramas including Devil's Whore sequel

Skins co-creator Bryan Elsley and The Hour writer Abi Morgan pen new series, plus there's a return to the brutal 17th Century

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Channel 4 announces three new dramas including Devil's Whore sequel
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Channel 4 has commissioned three major new drama series, for broadcast in late 2013 or early 2014.

They're led by a follow-up to The Devil's Whore, the big-budget English Civil War saga by Peter Flannery that aired in 2008 and starred Andrea Riseborough, John Simm, Michael Fassbender and Dominic West.

The sequel is a four-parter by Flannery and Martine Brant called New World. Moving the action on to the 1680s, it sees Angelica (Riseborough) with a daughter and the title Countess of Abingdon. As well as featuring the more tyrannical aspects of Charles II's reign it will, as the title implies, include scenes set in New England.

Dates, a nine-parter by Skins co-creator Bryan Elsley, is a bittersweet look at diverse 21st-century romance that will feature a different couple in every half-hour episode, but with some recurring characters.

The new Abi Morgan series is Home before Dark, an international thriller set out over four hour-long episodes that's set in Britain, Italy and America and concerns the hunt for a killer, with the underlying theme of the corrupting influence of the internet on modern society.

All three programmes were commissioned by new Channel 4 head of drama Piers Wenger, the former Doctor Who executive producer.

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