Tuesday 23 October 2018

Writer of Damilola, Our Loved Boy to pen new BBC One drama

Levi David Addai has had Dark Mon£y commissioned by BBC One as part of four new fictional dramas for the channel.

The BBC has unveiled four new fictional dramas (Anthony Devlin/PA)
The BBC has unveiled four new fictional dramas (Anthony Devlin/PA)

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

The writer of an award-winning drama on the murder of Damilola Taylor is to return with a new series exploring the impact of parents accepting hush money for a crime against their son.

Damilola, Our Loved Boy writer Levi David Addai has had Dark Mon£y commissioned by BBC One as part of four new fictional dramas for the channel unveiled on Wednesday.

The four-part drama follows a London family who accept a substantial pay-off from a renowned film-maker to keep silent about the abuse of their youngest son.

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Levi David Addai penned the award-winning drama on Damilola Taylor (PA)

Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, labelled the series a “perfect morality tale for today,” adding it was “timely but with a big existential question at its heart”.

Also announced is Gold Digger, a six-part drama series written by Thirteen creator Marnie Dickens which follows a wealthy 60-year-old woman as she falls in love with a man 25 years her junior and Ben Chanan’s The Capture which is described as a “spy show for the modern era” as it shines a light on surveillance culture and manipulated evidence.

Meanwhile Andrea Gibb’s Elizabeth Is Missing, based on the best-selling novel by Emma Healey, explores one woman’s struggle with dementia combined with a mystery as her best friend goes missing in a one-off 90-minute drama.

We are honoured to be working with such fresh and original voices to bring them to life Pier Wenger

Casting is yet to be announced for the four dramas which come from writers with a “strong diversity of voice,” Wenger said.

“From Marnie Dickens’ explosive new family drama Gold Digger to Levi David Addai’s timely and provocative morality tale Dark Mon£y, to Ben Chanan’s electric conspiracy thriller The Capture and Andrea Gibbs’ part-detective story Elizabeth is Missing, each of these four dramas demonstrate a commitment to telling stories about life in Britain now.

“We are honoured to be working with such fresh and original voices to bring them to life,” he added.

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