BBC One has commissioned an original, four-part series from Tony and Olivier winner Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, His Dark Materials).
Entitled Best Interests, the drama tells the story of Andrew and Nicci, whose daughter Marnie has a life-threatening condition. When doctors tell them it is in her best interests to be allowed to die, her family disagrees, igniting a fight that will take them through every stage of a legal process.
The series is the first for the new company Chapter One Pictures. Executive producers are Sophie Gardiner and Toby Bentley for Chapter One Pictures, Thorne for One Shoe Films, and Lucy Richer for BBC One. The series will be produced by Abi Bach.
In a statement, Thorne said, “As a parent of a three-year-old, I've looked at the cases in the media about 'best interests' with some fascination and a little dread. When the worst happens, how do you keep your head when everything around you feels wrong? We are going to try and tell a nuanced story that talks about this issue from all sides. I'm so happy to be working with Piers Wenger and the BBC again and to be part of the great folk at Chapter One Pictures.”
Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, added, “This heart-breaking story delves deep into the inner turmoil these two parents experience when faced with their worst nightmare. Jack Thorne’s talent for tackling the most complex and challenging real life stories with consideration, wisdom, and vision will make this a series to remember.”
Filming will begin in 2020 with casting to be announced at a later date.