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The Three Musketeers series heading to BBC1 along with The Lady Vanishes

The Three Musketeers

Story by Jack Foley

A NEW version of Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers has been commissioned by the BBC as part of 20 hours of new drama heading for the channel.

The Musketeers is being produced with a view to seeing it prosper as a returning series. It has been written by Adrian Hodges (of Primeval, My Week With Marilyn fame) and will run for ten 60-minute episodes in 2014.

Dumas’ tale was recently revived for the big screen in 3D by Paul WS Anderson (pictured).

Other new productions include an adaptation of the classic 1938 Alfred Hitchcock film The Lady Vanishes, which will take the form of a single 90-minute drama.

The revival has been adapted by Fiona Seres (The Silence) and is expected to air on BBC One this Christmas.

Soldier Soldier creator Lucy Gannon has also been commissioned to write a six-part drama called Frankie for transmission in 2013, which will follow a district nurse, described as “a heroine for the modern age”, who fights for her patients.

And BBC Three will also air a new supernatural drama called In The Flesh set in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. The show has been written by newcomer Dominic Mitchell and will run for three 90-minute instalments.

Announcing the new dramas, BBC One controller Danny Cohen said: “These new BBC One commissions from drama present a richly ambitious slate that will thrill, move and delight audiences.”

While Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, added: “This raft of new drama reflects the range and ambition of in-house. A unique mix of classic and contemporary pieces have produced surprising and original scripts, from both new and established writers – all of which represents a thriving creative team.”

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