Jimmy McGovern

Jimmy McGovern makes incredible television shows. In fact, there’s a strong argument that there isn’t anybody on TV who is anywhere near as good. So the news that the BBC has ordered the ‘spiritual successor’ to The Street from McGovern’s new production company is great news.

The Accused is a new series which will air on BBC One in autumn 2010. Apparently, BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson, “read the script on the Sunday and commissioned it on the Monday.”

Speaking to Broadcast, Stephenson said: “It’s the spiritual successor to The Street, but takes that kind of format in another, really exciting, direction. The jumping-off point is that the lead character in each episode is accused of a crime, but the verdict on whether they are guilty will arrive at different points in each episode.”

However, he stressed: “It’s not a crime show.”

All six lead characters are awaiting trial at the same time, but while some characters are likely to appear in more than one story, the stories will stand alone.

Coming from the man who gave us The Second Coming, The Street, Cracker and Hillsborough, this should make for some powerful, human television.

I can’t wait!

[via Broadcast]

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