Magazine article Screen International

BBC Commissions Sally Wainwright Period Drama

Magazine article Screen International

BBC Commissions Sally Wainwright Period Drama

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War And Peace co-producer Lookout Point has won its first solo commission for the BBC - a 19th century period drama penned by Sally Wainwright.

BBC1 has partnered with US premium cable network HBO to order Shibden Hall, a 8 x 60-minute series based on the real-life diaries of West Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister.

It marks one of Lookout Point's first major drama commissions since former BBC Wales drama boss Faith Penhale joined as joint chief executive.

Penhale's focus has been to help the BBC Worldwide-backed firm move from being an international financing specialist to an originator of premium drama.

It is currently co-producing BBC1's Mike Bartlett-penned newspaper drama Press with BBC Studios and Nigel Stafford Clark's Deep Indigo and Andrew Davies' adaptation of Les Miserables with BBC Studios and The Weinstein Company.

Lookout Point previously partnered with the BBC and HBO on Mammoth Screen drama Parade's End.

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Shibden Hall also marks the latest project between Wainwright and Lookout Point, which co-produced two-hour Brontë sisters drama To Walk Invisible [pictured] with BBC Cymru Wales.

Set in 1832, the drama will explore Lister's relationships at home with her family, servants, tenants and industrial rivals as well as her love of wealthy heiress Ann Walker. …

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