BBC plans 90-minute biopic
BBC4. The pubcaster’s drama controller Ben Stephenson, who unveiled the show as part of a portfolio of small-screen fiction, said “Burton and Taylor” would be BBC4′s final biopic as the channel implements economies. In recent years BBC4 has won kudos for a series of film biographies, including shows on John Lennon and Enid Blyton, which also starred Bonham Carter. Other new shows announced by Stephenson included the 13-part “Atlantis,” a family skein aimed to fill the gap left by the demise of “Merlin,” an adaptation of P.D. James’ rebooting of “Pride and Prejudice,” “Death Comes to Pemberley,” and a three-part reworking of Daphne du Maurier’s “Jamaica Inn.” Stephenson also announced that as part of “Doctor Who’s” 50th anniversary celebrations the pubcaster will screen a special birthday edition on Nov. 23, 50 years after the show bowed in the U.K., broadcast in 3D on the BBC’s domestic HD channel and in U.K. cinemas.