1. The BBC has announced that two of its big new drama series will be back next year.
The critically-acclaimed Peaky Blinders told the story of gangsters in 1920s Birmingham. Based on real events, the BBC Two drama starred big names Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill.
2. Creator and writer Steven Knight said:
I am so pleased we will be able to tell this story of a working class family living through extraordinary times in an extraordinary way. The “Peaky Blinders” will march on to many surprising places and fight astonishing battles as the 1920s begin to roar.
4. Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC Drama Commissioning added:
I am delighted to add a third returning series to the slate on BBC Two following Line of Duty and The Fall. It’s a fantastically distinctive mix and highlights the success of BBC Two’s new drama strategy
5. Also back next year is Atlantis.
The big Saturday-night replacement for Merlin has been a ratings hit, averaging 7.4 million viewers across the first three episodes. The big-budget series mines Greek mythology for a family blockbuster.
6. BBC One controller Charlotte Moore said:
Atlantis delivers original British drama with the kind of scale and ambition that we’ve come to expect from the cinema. It feels very much at home on Saturday nights on BBC One, it’s been wonderful to watch Howard [Overman] and the team create a whole new world, brilliantly inspired by Greek mythology which is proving a hit with all the family and a second series is richly deserved.
8. Creators Johnny Capps, Julian Murphy and Overman added:
We are all thrilled at Urban Myth Films that Atlantis has been re-commissioned and look forward to continuing the legend next year.