Dominic Cooper to play James Bond author Ian Fleming in new drama

007 series is one of a raft of new shows to be announced by Sky, including a two-part finale for Mad Dogs and a season of original dramas from some of Britain's best female screenwriters

A drama based on the life of James Bond creator Ian Fleming has been given the green light by Sky Atlantic. It will star Mamma Mia and My Week with Marilyn’s Dominic Cooper. The four part series, titled Fleming, promises to delve deep into the author’s life, which was almost as exciting and eventful as 007’s. 

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The spy drama is among a raft of new commisions announced by the satelitte broadcaster today. 

Sky1 confirm a two-part finale to Bafta-nominated Mad Dogs and a brand-new medical drama titled Critical (w/t), while Sky Living are set to air a season of original dramas from some of Britain’s most critically-acclaimed female screenwriters. 

The Reckless Season will see female writers such as Sally Wainwright, Gwyneth Hughes and Annie Griffin showcase their work in a series of drama pilots.

Annie Griffin, whose previous work includes Channel 4’s Fresh Meat, has created Rubenesque, the story of a female football referee who becomes a plus size model; The Last Witch, by Scott and Bailey writer Sally Wainwright, tells the story of two 500-year-old witches who go to war in modern day Britain; and Gwyneth Hughes’ Talking to the Dead centres on a newly qualified detective’s first murder case.  

These new commissions join a long list of previously announced series, which include a modern day reimagining of Dracula, a British version of Skandi hit The Bridge, a fire station series titled The Smoke and a two-part family drama called Moonfleet. 

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The emphasis on British talent being in front and behind of the camera comes as part of Sky’s commitment to invest £600 million in home-grown programming by 2014.