'Doctor Who' writer to pen new minisieres for BBC

Russell T. Davies worked on 'Doctor Who' from 2005 to 2010. — Picture courtesy of BBC
Russell T. Davies worked on 'Doctor Who' from 2005 to 2010. — Picture courtesy of BBC

LONDON, June 5 — Russell T. Davies is back working with the British public broadcaster on a dystopian miniseries exploring the political future of Great Britain through the lives and loves of one family.

Russell T. Davies — the screenwriter and producer whose previous work includes Doctor Who, Torchwood and Queer as Folk — is working on a six-part drama series for BBC One. Red Production Company is producing, with production slated to begin later this year. StudioCanal will sell the series globally. There's no word yet on the show's cast.

The miniseries, called Years and Years, follows the lives of the Lyons family and its various members over 15 years, as Great Britain undergoes major political changes, and economic and technological advances. On one crucial night in 2019, “the story accelerates into the future, following the lives and loves of the Lyons over the next 15 years,” the producers explain.

In a not-too-distant future in which Great Britain has left the European Union, America has become isolationist and China's power is growing, the story also charts the rise of Vivienne Rook, a new kind of politician, entertainer, trickster and rebel.

Davies said: “I've wanted to write this for 20 years or so. And as the world accelerates like crazy around us, I realised I'd better get on with it.”

Red Production Company Founder Nicola Shindler, added: “The script is fantastic, and taps into the anxieties of the climate we are currently living in, speculating how the dynamics of cultural and political change affects our lives — and the lives of our families.”

Davies recently penned the BBC One miniseries A Very English Scandal, with Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, which ended Sunday in the UK and will screen on Amazon in the US. It will be the ninth collaboration between the screenwriter and the production company's founder Nicola Shindler, after TV series including Queer as Folk (2000-2005) and Cucumber (2015). — AFP-Relaxnews

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