New 2011 Programming For BBC One

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BBC One recently announced some of its new programming including drama, comedy, and factual. You can find more information about all of them below.


Bird Song is a two-part adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Sebastian Faulks. A truly epic drama, it’s the story of Stephen and Isabelle brought together by love and torn apart by the First World War. This extraordinary tale of love, loss, heroism and hope will be brought to screen by award-winning writer Abi Morgan and produced by Working Title television.

Written by Ronan Bennett, Undisclosed (working title) is a taut and compelling mystery thriller revolving around Harry Venn, a small-time solicitor. Forced to delve into his murky past when asked to find a missing alibi witness, Venn soon finds himself caught up in a bigger and more complex conspiracy. Blurring the line between the political and the personal, Undisclosed is created by Ronan Bennett and Walter Bernstein.

Comedy and Entertainment

Based on the sell out theatre show, Mrs Brown’s Boys is written by and stars comedian Brendan O’Carroll as Agnes Brown, a Dublin matriarch who just can’t resist interfering in the lives of her family and friends. Filmed in Glasgow and set in Dublin, the six-part series is a co-production with BOCPIX and RTE, set for 2011.

Ask Rhod Gilbert is a fresh take on the comedy panel show that sees the award winning Welsh comedian get to grips with a series of burning questions posed by well-known personalities and members of the public. From the sublime to the ridiculous, Rhod – along with his two trusty side-kicks in the form of comedian Greg Davies and emerging stand-up comedian Lloyd Langford – aim to provide all the answers. Each week they will be joined by a guest comic, a well-known showbiz personality, and a special guest “Authenticator”. The series will record in Glasgow, London and Belfast.


The chef judged to have written “the most useful cookery book of all time”, Simon Hopkinson comes to BBC One. His book “Roast Chicken And Other Stories” reveals how to create restaurant quality food with everyday – and often unpopular – ingredients such as cheaper cuts of meat, run of the mill veg and off cuts of fish. While he has 20 years experience as a professional chef, Simon is completely new to TV and reflects the channel’s commitment to developing new talent.

BAFTA award-winning film maker Brian Woods has been commissioned to make a major longitudinal documentary on child poverty in Britain. Four million children in this country live on the breadline – one of the worst rates in the industrialised world. Building on the success of single films on BBC One such as Wounded and Between Life And Death, My Life – Child Poverty In Britain will examine the situation through the eyes of the children involved.

BBC One Controller Jay Hunt said: “These new commissions demonstrate the sheer range and creative ambition on BBC One. From adapting a modern classic like Birdsong to developing new talent across comedy and factual, the channel is continuing to deliver bold programming for audiences.