BBC shares details on eight ‘genre-busting’ new dramas channel has lined up for winter

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The BBC has shared new details about the eight ‘genre-busting’ new dramas the channel has lined up for the winter period.

Drama boss Piers Wenger said during a press event on Monday: ‘These dramas don’t sit comfortably within those genres we feel very familiar with.’

Included in the line-up is A Very British Scandal starring The Crown‘s Claire Foy, Jamie Dornan-fronted black comedy The Tourist and The Responder which stars Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman.

, BBC shares details on eight ‘genre-busting’ new dramas channel has lined up for winter, The Today News USA

Exciting: The BBC has shared new details about the eight ‘genre-busting’ new dramas the channel has lined up for the winter period with Claire Foy set to star (Foy pictured in new series A Very British Scandal)

Wenger added: ‘Distinctive British content is at the very heart of what we do. What we feel excited about is pushing against the conventions of genre.

‘They may be the way the streaming platforms organise their menus – but that doesn’t mean we have to stick to them.’

Foy will play Margaret Campbell in three-part series A Very British Scandal. Campbell’s split from the Duke of Argyll in 1963 became one of the most famous legal battles of the decade and writer Sarah Phelps said the series explores the ‘institutional misogyny’ suffered by Campbell.

Another star of The Crown, Erin Doherty, will star in psychological thriller Chloe alongside The Serpent’s Billy Howle and Jack Farthing from Poldark.

, BBC shares details on eight ‘genre-busting’ new dramas channel has lined up for winter, The Today News USA

New role: Jamie Dornan stars in thriller/comedy The Tourist, which sees the actor wake up in the Australian Outback with no recollection as to why he was chased into the desert

Of the show – which follows Erin’s Becky investigating the death of her best friend Chloe – Wenger said: ‘It is thrilling but it’s not a thriller in the typical sense’.

Loki actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw will head up thriller The Girl Before alongside David Oyelowo.

Mbatha-Raw’s character Jane moves into a flat designed by an architect played by Oyelowo, however the four-part series takes a dark turn when Jane discovers the fate of the flat’s previous tenant Emma (played by former EastEnders star Jessica Plummer).

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Joe Alwyn and Alison Oliver will star in one of winter’s most anticipated shows, Conversations With Friends. The series is the follow-up to Sally Rooney’s smash hit Normal People and ‘details the relationships among four people’.

, BBC shares details on eight ‘genre-busting’ new dramas channel has lined up for winter, The Today News USA

Back on BBC: Viewers can see Martin Freeman in The Responder, in which the Sherlock star will play an urgent response police officer who is having a breakdown’ (pictured on Sherlock)

Elsewhere, Jamie Dornan stars in thriller/black comedy The Tourist, which sees the actor wake up in the Australian Outback with no recollection as to why he was chased into the desert by a lorry and its murderous driver. 

Meanwhile, Superhoe is ‘the funny, dark and bold story of ballsy East End Londoner Sasha Clayton’ according to Bonafide productions.

It’s adapted from writer and star Nicole Lecky, who wrote the West End play.

Viewers can see Martin Freeman in The Responder, in which the Sherlock star will play an ‘urgent response police officer who is having a breakdown’.

, BBC shares details on eight ‘genre-busting’ new dramas channel has lined up for winter, The Today News USA

Stage to screen: Superhoe is ‘the funny, dark and bold story of ballsy East End Londoner Sasha Clayton’

Of The Responder, Wenger said: ‘This is not your average police procedural.’

Finally, Bond’s Ben Whishaw stars as doctor Adam Kay in This Is Going To Hurt. Actress Harriet Walker will portray Adam’s mother and the seven-part show follows junior doctor Adam.

The series is based on Adam’s best-selling book of the same time. A collection of diary entries written by Kay during his medical training between 2004 and 2010, the book sold 2.5 million copies.

, BBC shares details on eight ‘genre-busting’ new dramas channel has lined up for winter, The Today News USA

Based on a book: Bond’s Ben Whishaw stars as doctor Adam Kay in This Is Going To Hurt