EXCLUSIVE: SundanceTV (formerly Sundance Channel) has set its next scripted project, signing a deal with BBC Worldwide to board four-hour miniseries One Child as co-producer. Penned by BAFTA-winning writer Guy Hibbert (Five Minutes Of Heaven), One Child, a BBC Drama production for BBC Two, stars Harry Potter franchise alumna Katie Leung as Mei, a first-born Chinese girl adopted by English parents, who gets called back to Guangzhou when her birth mother desperately seeks her assistance in saving her son. How far will Mei go to help the woman who gave her away and the brother she’s never met? “One Child is a deeply affecting work that delves into the heart of a human struggle,” said SundanceTV President Sarah Barnett. “It tells the story of an ordinary young woman who is plunged into a situation that challenges her to her core.”
Filming on One Child begins in May in London and Taiwan for a late 2014 premiere on SundanceTV. One Child marks SundanceTV’s third consecutive collaboration with BBC Worldwide, following the critically praised mini Top Of The Lake, which won a Golden Globe for star Elisabeth Moss, and the upcoming The Honorable Woman, toplined by Maggie Gyllenhaal. One Child will be the fourth original on Sundance’s 2014 drama slate, which includes Season 2 of the network’s first fully owned drama series, Rectify, which premieres in June, Sundance’s second drama series, Red Road, which debuted last month, and The Honourable Woman, which will unspool in the second half of 2014. One Child will be produced by Hilary Salmon for BBC Prods. The deal was brokered by Lilla Hurst, Joint Managing Director, Drive in conjunction with Jemma Adkins, SVP, Sales and Co-productions for BBC Worldwide North America.