Scotland will provide the backdrop to a new compelling drama series for BBC One – psychological drama The Cry written by Jacquelin Perske, adapted from Helen FitzGerald's novel. A first TV drama commission for Synchronicity Films, the drama has been commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content.
The four-part drama is a thrilling, psychological drama set in Scotland and Australia, that chronicles the collapse of a marriage in the aftermath of a tragedy, and explores the myths and truths of motherhood. The abduction of a baby from a small coastal town in Australia is the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young woman – Joanna – as she and her husband, Alistair, deal with an unthinkable tragedy under both the white light of public scrutiny and in their private lives.
Elizabeth Kilgarriff, BBC Senior Commissioning Editor for England & Scotland, says: "It is exciting to be able to showcase our ambition for BBC Scotland Drama with this brilliant show. Original, distinctive and gripping, The Cry is a beautifully written piece with huge emotional heart and universal appeal. Gaynor Holmes and I are looking forward to working with Synchronicity Films to bring it to the screen.
Donalda MacKinnon, Director, BBC Scotland says: "We've been very public about trying to boost our drama output as part of our strategy of providing programmes that are more relevant for audiences in Scotland – but which can also be enjoyed as compelling stories no matter where you live.
"Trust Me and The Replacement have proved very popular in that respect and I'm sure this new drama will prove equally so in addition to the next Shetland series and of course, River City."
Claire Mundell, Creative Director of Synchronicity Films, says: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the BBC and the outstanding talent of our writer Jacquelin Perske, to bring Helen FitzGerald’s compelling novel The Cry to the small screen in what will be an emotional rollercoaster of a story.”
The Cry is part of BBC Scotland’s continued commitment to produce distinctive and reflective Scottish output, complementing productions filmed in Scotland including Trust Me (BBC One), Shetland (BBC One), Ordeal By Innocence (BBC One), Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime (BBC Two, BBC One Scotland) and The Proclaimers: This Is The Story (BBC Two Scotland).
Casting for The Cry will be announced in the coming months.
The drama will be produced by Brian Kaczynski and Executive Produced by Claire Mundell for Synchronicity Films and Elizabeth Kilgarriff and Gaynor Holmes for BBC ONE. The Cry will be filmed in Scotland and Australia next year, and DRG hold the distribution rights.