Thursday, January 11, 2007

West Wing

ITV1 is reported to be planning to make a 'West Wing'-style drama set in Buckingham Palace.

'The West Wing' (IMHO possibly one of the best things on television equalled now only by 'Battlestar Galactica' - which owes something to the 'West Wing') will be about life in the palace and made by All3Media-owned independent producer Company Pictures, according to Broadcast.

ITV has apparently commissioned 8 hour-long episodes of the show dubbed 'The Palace'. The TV title says it will have a contemporary feel and will not portray real members of the Royal Family (a very good idea, too distracting), but rather fictional ones like president Jed Barlett (the best left-of-centre president the US never had) in the 'The West Wing'.

On paper it sounds brilliant and, although it doesn't have the talent of Aaron Sorkin behind it, it is being written by Tom Grieves, whose has previous writing credits include Channel 4 police drama 'Ghost Squad', which starred Elaine Cassidy.

If last year's film 'The Queen', which was also made by ITV and starred Helen Mirren, is anything to go by then quality drama might be making a slow but steady return to ITV.


At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mmmm, interesting idea. will be interesting to see how true to life they get it. obviously the truth would probably lead to us kicking the royals back to Germany so it should make for fun viewing.

on a seperatre issue, with the redesign looming large, why dont you have a countdown ticker on the site to generate interest and awareness of the change? from what i've seen, not many people even know there is going to be a spruce up of good ol' BR.

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Gordon said...

No count down I'm afraid, but people will notice pretty quickly, its very much a new look. With some nice stuff to play around with.

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous The online pixie said...

the online pixie has also, previously suggested a countdown ticker....

At 11:31 AM, Anonymous the online pixie said...



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