Channel 5 Beefs Up Scripted Slate in U.K.

Variety | 8/21/2019 | Tim Dams
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U.K. broadcaster Channel 5 has unveiled a slate of original dramas, marking the latest step in the Viacom-owned broadcaster’s push into scripted content.

The new dramas include a two-hour ghost story from Awesome Media & Entertainment and Two Rivers Media called “The Small Hand” adapted from novel by “The Woman in Black” author Susan Hill; psychological thriller “Penance” from West Road Pictures; four-part thriller “The Deceived” from New Pictures; and the return of thriller “Blood” for a new six part series.

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Channel 5 increased the amount of money going into scripted following its cancellation of the “Big Brother” franchise. Dramas “15 Days” and “Agatha & The Truth of Murder” have already aired, while the broadcaster has previously announced drama commissions “Cold Call” and “All Creatures Great and Small.”

“The Small Hand” is a feature-length single drama adapted from crime writer Susan Hill’s book by Barbara Machin, creator of BBC’s long-running crime drama, “Waking the Dead.” It tells the story of an antique book dealer who finds himself haunted by the ghost of a young boy. Directed by Justin Molotnikov (“Doctor Who,” “Stan Lee’s Lucky Man”), it marks the first adaptation of one of Hill’s books since the 2012 feature adaptation of “The Woman in Black,” starring Daniel Radcliffe. “The Small Hand” is produced through Kew Media Group companies Awesome Media & Entertainment and Glasgow-based Two Rivers Media. Production will be based in and around Glasgow, Scotland with the financial support of Screen Scotland....
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