Channel 4 dusts off Black Mirror

Channel 4 is reuniting with Charlie Brooker for a return to the writer’s Black Mirror series.

Black Mirror

Black Mirror

A feature-length film, which will air this Christmas, sees “three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia collide in the most chilling and mind-bending Black Mirror yet,” the broadcaster said.

Black Mirror is produced by Barney Reisz and executive produced by Brooker and Annabel Jones through their new production company, House of Tomorrow.

Channel 4 builds Coalition

Channel is dramatising Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s rise to the national political stage in a single drama from James Graham.

Coalition (w/t, 1×90′) explores the emotionally wrought, politically-charged and often frenzied moments leading up to Nick Clegg’s astonishing rise from rank outsider to the man who would decide the fate of the country.

Produced by Cuba Pictures, Sarah Curtis and Dixie Linder are producing with Nick Marston executive producing.

Channel 4 spies Opposite Number

Channel 4 has ordered a new political drama that will span the UK, US and North Korea.

Channel 4

Channel 4

Opposite Number (10×60′), written by Matt Charman, sees a covert British nuclear scientist taken prisoner in North Korea, sparking an international crisis that must be kept secret. The British Prime Minister and the US President must work together to resolve the situation.

It will be produced by Mammoth Screen. The executive producers are Charman, Rebecca Keane, Preethi Mavahalli and Damien Timmer.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment is distributing the series and seeking global coproduction partners.

Sky1 plots quiche crime

Ashley Jensen will star in a Christmas crime drama for Sky1.

Ashley Jensen

Ashley Jensen

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (1×120′) sees Jensen play a PR-turned-detective who, after moving from London to the countryside, becomes a murder suspect when she enters a quiche-making competition.

Written by Stewart Harcourt and based on the novel series by MC Beaton, it is produced by Mammoth Screen and Free@Last TV.

Harcourt executive produces with Cameron Roach, Helen Gregory, Michele Buck, Karen Thrussell, Barry Ryan, and Kathleen Hutchison. The producer is Matthew Mulot.

Sky Vision will handle international distribution rights.

Sky1 quick as The Flash

Sky 1 has picked up three new acquisitions, including comic book adaptation The Flash.

The Flash

The Flash

Commissioned by The CW, The Flash follows Central City Police scientist Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who has been standing still emotionally since the day his mother was murdered and his father unjustly jailed for the crime. But when an unexpected and devastating accident at the STAR Labs Particle Accelerator facility strikes Barry, he finds himself suddenly charged with the incredible power to move at super speeds.

Another acquisition, Forever, stars Ioan Grufford as a New York City medical examiner who is immortal. It is due to launch on ABC this fall.

Forever

Forever

The third pick-up is The Last Ship, a series based on William Brinkley’s novel for TNT about the crew of the USS Nathan James who must come to terms with the fact they are among the few survivors in a world devastated by a deadly virus.

The Last Ship

The Last Ship

All three were acquired from Warner Bros International Television Distribution, and they are due to air in 2014.

BBC builds cast for Hollow Crown: War of the Roses

Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Okonedo will head the cast for BBC Two’s The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses.

Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Keeley Hawes, and Tom Sturridge have also been cast in the three filmed adaptations of William Shakespeare’s Henry VI (in two parts) and Richard III.

Produced by Neal Street Productions, Carnival Films and Thirteen, the executive producers are Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Nicholas Brown, David Horn, and Gareth Neame.

Ben Power is adapting the plays, with Rupert Ryle-Hodges produces.The films follow the 2012 broadcast of The Hollow Crown, which featured adaptations of Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V.

The Hollow Crown

The Hollow Crown

BBC Two lands in Stonemouth

Stonemouth, the novel by author Iain Banks, is to be adapted into a two-part drama for BBC Two.

Stonemouth

Stonemouth

The story, set in the eponymous fictional Aberdeenshire village, focuses on the character of Stewart Gilmour, who returns for his best friend’s funeral. Run out of town a year earlier by his girlfriend’s family, Stewart is forced to face up to his own past whilst uncovering the sinister truth behind his friend’s apparent suicide.

Written by David Kane, it is produced by BBC Scotland and Slate North. The executive producers are Christopher Aird and Andrea Calderwood.

Filming will take place across Scotland from October.