The Deep

BBC drama The Deep opens to 5m

New BBC drama series The Deep debuted to an audience of just under 5 million on Tuesday night. The BBC One series, which stars James Nesbitt and Minnie Driver, averaged 4.98 million in the 9pm hour slot.

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James Nesbitt, Minnie Driver and Goran Visnjic begin filming on The Deep, a five-part thriller set thousands of feet below the Arctic ice for BBC One and made by Tiger Aspect Productions, shot in Scotland.

Simon Donald’s scripted serial follows the crew of an oceanographic submarine as they search the final frontiers of Earth for unknown and remarkable life forms.

James Nesbitt (Occupation, Murphy’s Law) stars as Clem Donnelly, alongside Minnie Driver (Circle Of Friends, Good Will Hunting) as Frances Kelly and Goran Visnjic (ER, Welcome To Sarajevo) as Samson.

The thriller’s gripping action follows the submarine’s crew to the final frontiers of earth in their quest for unknown and remarkable life forms. Inexplicable circumstances then cause catastrophe to strike.

Stranded with no power, limited oxygen and no communication with the surface our crew reach crisis point. Can they stay alive long enough to uncover the mystery of something they have found themselves at the centre of? This is a global conflict and it is taking place at the furthest reaches of mankind.

Greg Brenman, Head of Drama, Tiger Aspect Productions, says: “The Deep will offer a breathtaking, high-octane viewing experience, mixing non-stop jeopardy with a thrilling narrative drama from the headlines. It is testament to Simon Donald’s gripping and expertly-crafted script that we have attracted such distinguished and prominent names to this series. We are immensely proud and privileged to be working with Minnie, Goran and James.”

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “Simon Donald’s brilliantly imagined serial The Deep demonstrates my commitment to bringing the best work by the best writers to BBC One and the international talent signed up are further testament to the quality of the scripts.”

Currently filming at BBC Scotland’s Dumbarton Studios in Glasgow for transmission next year, The Deep is written by Simon Donald. The directors are Jim O’Hanlon (Emma) and Colm McCarthy (Murphy’s Law), and it is produced by Will Gould for Tiger Aspect.

Greg Brenman is executive producer and, for the BBC, Eleanor Moran. The Deep was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, and Jay Hunt, Controller, BBC One.

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