BBC America Announces DRAMAVILLE, New Drama Destination Hosted by Idris Elba


BBC America plans to dedicate a time slot, called DRAMAVILLE, in its TV lineup to feature new weekly, hour-long British dramas. Dramaville will be hosted by Idris Elba (Luther, Thor). Through his company Headshell Productions, he will also serve as producer of the Dramaville host wraps.

Dramaville premieres Wednesday, August 17 at 10pm ET/PT with The Hour, a six-part, edge-of-your-seat espionage thriller set in the 1950s. It is written by Abi Morgan and stars Dominic West, Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw locked in a highly competitive, sharp witted and passionate love triangle.

After The Hour’s six week run, Dramaville will present Luther, the sequel to the first critically acclaimed mini-series of the same name, on Wednesday, October 5 at 10pm ET/PT. Elba stars as John Luther, the near-genius detective struggling to cope with his own demons, in two distinctive, thrilling crime stories. Devastated by the brutal murder of his wife, John Luther returns to policing in a different world. His old unit has gone and he’s working in the newly created Serious and Serial Unit, headed by former police complaints officer Martin Schenk (Dermot Crowley). Luther quickly gathers together his team, rescuing his old partner Detective Justin Ripley (Warren Brown) from uniform. It’s not long before they’re dealing with their first case. A masked man wanders the streets of London, carrying out ritualistic murders in historic locations, working his way up to one final masterpiece. The drama is written by Neil Cross.

Luther will be followed by Whitechapel, which premieres Wednesday, November 2 at 10pm ET/PT. This drama is a six-part contemporary crime thriller set in modern day East London where the police force is faced with the brutal and bloody history of their streets – from echoes of the 19th century and Jack the Ripper to the infamous ‘60s crime twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray. As the murder rate rises and there are no clues, Chandler and Miles realize the modern day killers are copying infamous crimes of the past. Can the detectives do what their fellow officers failed to do and catch the murderers? Whitechapel stars Rupert Penry-Jones as Detective Inspector Chandler, Phil Davis as Detective Sergeant Miles and Steve Pemberton as Edward Buchan. It is written by Ben Court and Caroline Ip.