During BBC AMERICA’s presentation at the 2016 Television Critics Association event in Los Angeles today, the network announced more Doctor Who is on the way in the form of a ‘companion’ series. Titled Class and set in contemporary London, the new series comes from author Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls) and will be a BBC AMERICA co-production. The Doctor Who team of Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin are executive producing the eight part series which will debut later this year.
“I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself,” stated Ness. “I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your exams.”
BBC AMERICA also announced Prey starring John Simm, Philip Glenister and Rosie Cavaliero will kick off its six episode run on February 25, 2016 at 10pm ET. The thriller was created and written by Chris Lunt and will, according to the network, play out as two three-part stories. The first three episodes are directed by Nick Murphy (The Awakening) with Lewis Arnold (Humans) directing the second set of three.
Details on Prey: “In the first three episodes, John Simm is Detective Constable Marcus Farrow, a man on the run, who will do things he never thought possible to clear his name for the sake of his family. The second story stars Philip Glenister as prison officer David Murdoch whose life spirals out of control when he receives an unexpected phone call threatening the life of his pregnant daughter. Rosie Cavaliero is Detective Sergeant Susan Reinhardt, a recurring character tasked with catching them.”
Grammy winner Adele will also have her own special airing on Valentine’s Day at 10pm ET. Adele: Live in London will feature songs from her latest album, 25, and some of her earlier hits. “This is the music event of the year,” said Graham Norton, host of the special. “This opportunity to spend an hour with Adele, her music and her stories is a truly rare treat. If I wasn’t hosting this special I’d be sad at home watching it!”
“With each of these shows we aim to cut through the noise and provide the innovation and originality our fans have come to love and celebrate,” said Sarah Barnett, President BBC AMERICA. “We’re excited about a fresh twist on the Doctor Who universe, an unconventional take on the crime drama that keeps you guessing at every turn, and an audience with the fabulous Adele.”