LONDON — Working Title Television has been commissioned by the BBC to produce “The Secrets,” a season of five 30-minute films that have been penned by up-and-coming scribes, and are helmed by Dominic Savage.
Each season of “The Secrets” takes an inciting incident, and from this starting point, five different stories are told, in five distinctive and original voices.
Savage won BAFTA TV Awards for best new director (fiction) and single drama for “Nice Girl” in 2000, and single drama for “When I Was 12” in 2001. He picked up the British feature award at Edinburgh Film Festival for “Out of Control” in 2002. Other credits include feature pics “Love + Hate” in 2005 and “Freefall” in 2009, and series “True Love” in 2012.
The writers of “The Secrets” are Nick Payne, who will pen two episodes, Elinor Cook, Ben Ockrent and Sarah Solemani.
Payne’s play “Constellations,” starring Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins, was nominated in 2012 for the Olivier Award for new play.
Cook won the George Devine Award in 2013 for most promising playwright. She recently collaborated on a play with Joe Ward Munrow, and last year was part of Paines Plough’s writing program The Big Room, in association with Channel 4.
Ockrent’s first play, “The Pleasure Principle,” was staged at the Tristan Bates Theater in October 2007. He has also penned episodes of BBC series “Waterloo Road” and Channel 4’s “Youngers.”
Best known for her role as Rosie Gulliver in BBC comedy “Bad Education,” Solemani’s writing talents span theater, TV, film and radio, including plays that have been showcased at the Old Vic and Soho Theater.
Payne’s first episode will feature a cast that includes Olivia Colman (“Tyrannosaur,” “Broadchurch”), Alison Steadman (“Life Is Sweet,” “Gavin & Stacey”) and Steve Oram (“Sightseers”). It tells the story of a vet expecting her first child, who has all the chemicals to put pets to sleep, and a mother who is chronically ill and wanting to die.
In Payne’s second episode, a police officer is having an affair with his brother’s wife. When the brother returns from a period away the betrayal leads to an unlikely confrontation.
Cook’s episode tells the story of a man who is married to two women, and, living a secret double life between them, is exposed. It explores whether monogamy is ever a realistic proposition.
Ockrent’s episode centers on a girl who turns up out of the blue claiming to be an unknown sister to a boy, but things are not quite what they seem.
Solemani’s episode joins a bride on the eve of her wedding when she discovers her fiancé was once accused of a shocking crime.
Juliette Howell, head of television at Working Title Television, said: “The ambition of the strand is to find these new voices and bring their talent to the wider BBC One audience. Dominic and I have worked together a lot over the years and it’s exciting to marry his distinctive creative process with this extremely talented group of writers who we believe have a strong future writing for television.”
“The Secrets” is shooting in London for five weeks, and will transmit on BBC One later this year.
The executive producers are Howell for Working Title Television and Lucy Richer for the BBC.