‘The Hour’ Emmy Winner Abi Morgan Penning Police Drama ‘River’ For BBC One
Abi Morgan won an Emmy on Sunday night for writing The Hour, a co-production from BBC America and Shine-owned Kudos, which aired on the UK’s BBC Two. With The Hour cancelled last season, some of the partners are coming back together for new drama, River. Commissioned by flagship channel BBC One, the six-part series is created and written by Morgan and produced by Kudos; BBC America is not currently involved. It centers on John River, a brilliant police officer who walks a professional tightrope between a pathology so extreme he risks permanent dismissal, and a healthy state of mind that would cure him of his gift. Morgan says, “River is a fractured mind navigating a brutal world. And he does it wearing a police badge. I can’t think of a better home for it than the BBC. The chance to tell big stories in a bold way on a channel that embraces so many writers, directors and actors I admire and respect is a huge treat.” Shooting starts in London in next year for air in 2015. Casting is underway. This could go some way to appeasing fans of The Hour, the 1950s-set newsroom drama that ran for two seasons and was cancelled by the BBC in February. Ratings had dropped, but fans were stalwart in attempts to challenge the network’s decision.