Sundance Channel has gotten on board with miniseries “Appropriate Adult,” starring Dominic West and Emily Watson, and will air the two-parter this fall.
In addition, sister channel WE TV has greenlit an hourlong unscripted series, “The Shannen Doherty Project,” that tracks the thesp’s personal and professional life.
“Appropriate,” whose production was announced by the U.K.’s ITV early this year (Daily Variety, Jan. 18), stars West as British serial killer Fred West and Watson as Janet Leach, the appointee who sat in to supervise his police interviews.
Sundance and ITV Studios will now share production credit on the drama, written by Neil McKay with Julian Jarrold directing and Jeff Pope exec producing.
“With emotional depth, superb acting and a powerful script, ‘Appropriate Adult’ recounts a story that shook a nation and continues to resonate today,” Sundance Channel g.m. Sarah Barnett said.
“Our intention is to produce a sober and thought-provoking drama based on a true story,” Pope said in January. “We have developed the script over the past three years, and it provides a unique insight into the police investigation which led to the conviction of Fred and Rose West and the crucial role Janet Leach played.”
West will next appear on U.S. smallscreens when BBC America premieres period drama “The Hour,” co-starring Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw, on Aug. 17.
Doherty’s WE TV series, which has an eight-episode first season planned, will follow Doherty as she prepares to marry photographer Kurt Iswarienko while looking toward the next phase of her career.
Production will begin in August with an eye toward an early 2012 premiere.
“Shannen’s relationships and life experiences make her a riveting personality to watch,” said WE senior veep of original productions and development John Miller. “This is an opportunity for audiences to get a rare sneak peek into the real Shannen, who has been notorious about guarding her private life.”
RelativityREAL and No Apologies Prods. are producing.