Probation Drama PUBLIC ENEMIES Ordered for BBC One

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A new three part drama exploring the criminal justice system in the United Kingdom has been commissioned by the BBC to air on BBC One. PUBLIC ENEMIES will be penned by award winning writer Tony Marchant (The Whistleblowers, Kid in the Corner) and will focus on the relationship between 28-year-old Eddie, who was recently released from prison after serving 10 years and his probation officer, Paula, who is returning from suspension following a shocking crime committed by an offender under her supervision.

Marchant said in a statement, “Public Enemies looks at the criminal justice system from the points of view of the ‘offender’ and the ‘gatekeeper.’ It’s about disgraced individuals trying to reclaim their lives and their reputations. It’s also a forbidden love story.”

According to Polly Hill, BBC’s Head of Drama, England Indies, “The stories of Eddie and Paula are complex, gripping, surprising and incredibly moving, while Tony also writes beautifully and powerfully about the issue of rehabilitation and whether as a society we really believe in it – can a young man who has served his time in prison for murder get his life back, and will the community he returns to let him?”

Public Enemies will be produced by Tiger Aspect. Casting details are still to be confirmed and the drama will shoot in spring 2011.