The BBC has commissioned two eight-part drama mini-series to air on BBC One, one from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Wolf Hall writer Peter Straughan and the other from Ripper Street creator Richard Warlow.
The Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning Straughan will tackle The Three, based on Sarah Lotz’s trilogy of novels, an international thriller with supernatural elements.
Executive produced by Kate Sinclair and George Faber of the Forge and the BBC’s Elizabeth Kilgarriff, the plot of The Three involves four planes crashing in different parts of the world on the same day with three children surviving and presumably a fourth. A Washington investigator is tasked with discovering the truth behind the crashes, and her investigation takes her to South Africa, the Florida swamps, Japan and the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
Meanwhile, Warlow takes on The Serpent, which will be about famed French serial killer, Charles Sobhraj, who preyed on young backpackers travelling on Thailand “hippie trail” during the seventies. It will also follow Herman Kinppenberg’s attempts to bring the elusive killer to justice. Sobhraj was on Interpol’s most wanted list until he was captured in 1976.
The Serpent will be directed by The Missing‘s Tom Shankland and produced by Mammoth Screen (Victoria) with Warlow and Shankland acting as exec producers along with Mammoth Screen’s Preethi Mavahalli and Damien Timmer, as well as Kilgarriff.
Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, commissioned both new mini-series.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor