Ben Stephenson, controller BBC Drama commissioning said: “It’s a privilege to premiere a new trailer tonight that celebrates BBC Drama. Who better than Benedict Cumberbatch to narrate this special film that showcases the BBC’s unique role in nurturing talent and its powerful storytelling from the past, present and future.”
Upcoming dramas in the trailer include: The Casual Vacancy, an adaptation of JK Rowling’s novel; Esio Trot starring Dame Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman; The Missing, starring James Nesbitt; One Child, written by BAFTA award-winning writer Guy Hibbert and The Interceptor, written by Tony Saint starring O-T Fagbenle.
Also featured is Wolf Hall, the adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s best-selling novel starring Mark Rylance, Damien Lewis and Claire Foy; Banished, Jimmy McGovern’s new eight-part series; Strange and Norrell, based on the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke and adapted by Peter Harness; and major new eight-part series Poldark, written by Debbie Horsfield, starring Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson.
There’s also a throwback to dramas from the past with footage from The Singing Detective, House of Cards, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, This Life, Pride and Prejudice, Criminal Justice, Small Island, Spooks and Life on Mars.
You can watch the trailer here from 9pm tonight. Or on BBC1 at 8:58pm. Or get a taster of what it might sound like here.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.