The BBC Seems Intent On Impressing Us With Quality Programming In The New Year

Last week the BBC let the rest of us in on what exactly it is they'll be up to in the new year, and it is exciting. The sad news that the current series of Merlin would be its last, and that Sherlock would not start filming until March was well balanced with the news that Radio 4 will be airing a fantastically casted version of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.

And now BBC One has announced their upcoming projects. First, and foremost, is the official announcement of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, which we all knew was coming, and to which we still have no actual details. This will be paired with, presumably on BBC2, Mark Gatiss' documentary about the programme titled An Adventure in Space and Time. Luther, the fourth best show on television (with Game of Thrones, Justified and Breaking Bad) will be returning for a third series. Toby Whithouse, he of Being Human and various Doctor Who episodes, has a new Cold War spy drama called The Game, which I'm hoping will blend George Smiley with Whithouse's usual wit and skill, and which I'm quiet looking forward to.

Miranda Tate brings Miranda back for another series, as does Lee Mack with Not Going Out, and Ben Elton, late of Blackadder and Thing Blue Line, has an unannounced sitcom in the works, so that should be exciting. And Richard Hammond, the small one on Top Gear, has a new series called Secret Service in which comedians and actors are called upon by the British public to render services absurd and secretly films. Not my cup of tea mind, but clearly someone is going to be watching on Saturday nights.

The one I'm really interested in is a six episode adaptation of Susanna Clarke's turtle-crushing (its like being a door-stopper, only more so) tome Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell, as adapted by Peter Harness and directed by Toby Haynes, who lately has been working on Being Human, Doctor Who, and Sherlock. A period piece about magicians, you'd better believe I'll be there. My only concern lies in the length of the book, and how much they expect (or intend) to fit into six episodes.

These of course follow the immediate season at the BBC One, which includes the Doctor Who Christmas special and conclusion to series 7, and finally series 19 of Top Gear. More then enough to keep us interested, I'd say.

Via the BBC.
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