Two new dramas from BBC Wales are to be guided by seasoned TV writers Tony Jordan and Russell T Davies, it was announced on Tuesday. Crash! and The Fabulous Baker Boys will hit the screens in primetime slots in 2009 and 2010 and benefit from creative input from Jordan and Davies respectively.
Produced by Red Planet Pictures Wales, Crash! features four young doctors as they embark on their first jobs at Cardiff Metropolitan Hospital and the steepest learning curves of their lives. The series will be written by a team of Welsh writers led by Jordan.
Outgoing Doctor Who supremo Russell T Davies will act as creative consultant on The Fabulous Baker Boys, which is written by Torchwood and Doctor Who writer Helen Raynor and playwright Gary Owen.
The drama is described as a contemporary piece rooted in the reality of a small valleys town. When the local factory is threatened with closure it strikes at the heart of the community.
The series will follow the challenges and triumphs of the workers and their families as they battle against all the odds to keep their factory going.
Piers Wenger, Head of Drama, BBC Wales, described both shows as “extraordinary, authored pieces” which he said would “add new dimensions to the range of work on offer to writers, producers and directors in Wales.”
Speaking of his involvement in The Fabulous Baker Boys, Davies said: “I’m delighted to be a small part of it, and can’t wait to see what the wonderful minds of Helen and Gary have got in store.”