John Watson, army doctor, invalided home from Afghanistan, alone and friendless. Sherlock Holmes, the most brilliant intellect of his generation, alone and friendless. London 2010 – the best and longest friendship in all of fiction is about to begin anew. The most famous detective, the most baffling mysteries, the most thrilling adventures and the deadliest foes, are coming in out of the fog. Sherlock Holmes was always a modern man – it was the world that got old. Now he’s back as he should be – edgy, contemporary, difficult, dangerous. Inspector Lestrade is the best Scotland Yard has got, but he knows he’s not as good as a strange young man called Sherlock.
Me and Mrs Jones
Gemma’s life is ferrying the twins around and dealing with ex Jason and his Swedish girlfriend. So when do-able dad Tom asks her out and her son returns from travelling with Billy, Gemma unexpectedly finds she’s got more than one love interest.
Two’s company, three’s a crowd. So what do you do with six? Frank and funny, this award-winning BBC2 comedy series puts a witty perspective on the lives and loves of six friends, involved, formerly involved, or about to become involved, brought together by the relationship between two of them, Steve and Susan. This totally upfront account of love and lust between best friends and exes is a real family affair: produced by Sue Vertue, written by her husband Steven Moffat and executive produced by her mother Beryl Vertue. Coupling continues to be one of the BBC’s best-selling comedies. All four series have been sold to more than 25 countries worldwide.
Popular and hugely successful actor James Nesbitt (Murphy’s Law, Bloody Sunday) takes the much coveted lead role in Hartswood Films’ highly anticipated series Jekyll for BBC One, joined by an outstanding cast. It is 2006 and there’s a new Dr Jekyll with an old problem – Mr Hyde. But they have a deal – a body share – and an impossible life is somehow lived. What Hyde doesn’t know: Jekyll is married. There’s a wife and two children he’ll do anything to protect from his dark side. With all the resources of modern technology, and the best surveillance hardware, he’s determined to keep his dark side in line. He’s done a deal with his own devil. What neither of them knows: an ancient organisation, with limitless wealth and power, is monitoring their every move, and a plan over a century in the making is coming to fruition. The return of Dr Jekyll is no accident.
Men Behaving Badly
Men Behaving Badly spawned the cult of laddism. With its outrageous but endearing characters, the programme was warmly received by audiences and critics alike – and half its viewers were women. The title has now entered into common usage, often used in headlines to describe the antics of politicians, footballers and other celebrities. When ITV decided not to take up the option for a third series, Beryl Vertue took the series to the BBC; switching networks was almost unprecedented. The programme went from strength to strength, won many awards and regularly received rave reviews, handsomely rewarding the BBC’s faith in the project.
Kyle Graham is scared, not of monsters under the bed like an average six-year-old, but of just about everything. His mother Nicola knows he wants to stay alone and secure in his autistic world but she fears for his future. Her husband Rod is equally devoted but Nicola’s fierce determination to break into Kyle’s world puts intolerable strain on their marriage. That is until they meet Thomas, a golden retriever puppy, who unlocks a personality they never knew their son had. What follows is a fascinating and moving tale of two parents at breaking point who find hope they never dared to dream of. Gritty and real, funny and heart-warming, After Thomas is an uplifting and moving true story, starring Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes, Spooks) and Ben Miles (Coupling, Prime Suspect).
The War Behind The Wire
The Great Escape and The Road to Colditz are stories of captivity, escape and freedom told by the men who were there. During the Second World War the Germans took more than seven million prisoners. They told their captives: “For you, the war is over.” But this was not true. A new war, the war behind the wire, was about to begin. This major and critically-acclaimed documentary marks the fifth collaboration between Producer Beryl Vertue and Director Michael Davies. Personal stories of hope and despair unfold throughout the films: first-hand testimony combines with archive film and extracts from famous movies to create an exciting, dramatic and moving story.
In Love With Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was the nation’s favourite grandmother. But little of her childhood and early life has been documented – until now. In this unique and intimate portrait, the young Elizabeth Bowes Lyon emerges as a lively, strong willed and accomplished young woman. At 19 she had so many suitors she didn’t know which way to turn. In this remarkable documentary, personal testimony is combined with rare archive film, photographs and letters to create a unique insight into an extraordinary woman who followed her heart, married a Prince and, by an unexpected twist of fate, became Queen.
Written by Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Preston Front), this original and riveting comedy drama series is set in a fictional town on the borders of England and Wales. It’s home to a cross-section of amazing, colourful characters who, under normal circumstances, would never have met. But they all start to frequent the new café on the town’s outskirts and become embroiled in the lives of the people who run it: Charlotte, David, Ronnie and Kidder. As the café starts to have its effect, the whole notion of whose life depends on whose starts to shift. The star begins to decline, the copycat flower.
A sexy, modern drama series about a group of North London friends coping with life at 30, in a very original and compelling will-they-won’t-they love story. Wonderful You was the first drama to be screened by ITV when they moved The News at Ten. Marshall is 30, good-looking, successful, drives a Porsche and lives with Clare, his equally attractive girlfriend. Even worse, he’s a pretty good bloke. So how is Henry, the Crouch End undiscovered songwriter with soul – plus a part-time job and a push-bike – going to steal Clare away? And can Henry’s best friend Heather overcome the feeling that she’s one step away from spinsterhood? Or Marco and Gina choose between their own happiness and that of their small son?
A Woman’s Guide To Adultery
Rose disapproves of adultery. Her three closest friends are all entangled with married men and she can see that it is always the women who suffer most. Rose would never hurt another woman for the sake of a man. But when she meets Paul the sexual attraction is too strong to resist and suddenly Rose finds that she has become a mistress with a guilty conscience. Sex in the afternoons, secret meetings in quiet bars, waiting by the phone, wishing his wife would let him go; Rose has succumbed to adulter.