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‘Decades’ in the making at the BBC

Web greenlights 30 one-off 60-minute films

LONDON — The BBC is splashing out a reputed £25 million ($42.5 million) on what it calls its boldest drama initiative ever.

Drama topper Jane Tranter has greenlit 30 one-off 60-minute films, under the umbrella title of “Decades,” chronicling each year from 1970-2000.

Series will be written by different scribes including Andrew Davis, who penned last fall’s adaptation of “Bleak House,” and Deborah Maggach who adapted “Pride and Prejudice” for the big screen.

Some films will be made in-house, others farmed out to independents. “It is the boldest undertaking by BBC drama to date,” claimed Tranter.

Earmarked for broadcast by BBC2 in 2008, channel topper Roly Keating said the series “will be an alternative history of an entire generation. We’ll give the writers huge scope to capture a particular moment in history in the way that they choose. The plays will all be very different.”

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