BBC One’s acclaimed Daytime series Moving On, created by multi-award winning writer Jimmy McGovern, returns with 10 stand alone films featuring a wealth of well known faces including: Anna Massey, John Simm, the late Corin Redgrave, Robert Glenister, Roy Marsden, Susannah Harker, Jenny Agutter, Pooky Quesnel, Ewen Bremner, Lisa Faulkner, Nicola Stephenson, Daniel Ryan, Maggie Steed and Hannah Gordon.
Written by a combination of new and established writers, the series was filmed on location in and around Liverpool by Liverpool based company LA Productions.
The series explores contemporary issues, from Alzheimer’s to adoption, religion to special needs care. It also features co-dependency, sibling rivalry and the nature of loyalty and friendship – all linked by the common theme of characters who reach a turning point in life and then move on.
Liam Keelan, Controller of BBC Daytime and Executive Producer for the BBC, says: “It’s very exciting to have such a high profile cast for this series and it will be something really special for our viewers to look forward to.
“The casting for this series reinforces the fact that Daytime drama on the BBC has a strong reputation and can attract well known faces to be part of the programmes that we make. It’s also great to be able to develop and give opportunities to new talent including some of the writers on this series.”
Series one was first shown in May 2009 and was a hit with the Daytime audience achieving 1.4m, an average share of 21.5% of the viewing audience, with a high of 1.8m, a 25.9% share, and a successful move from Daytime to Peak.
Liam adds: “As the sole provider of originated drama in Daytime, it’s really important that BBC One continues to deliver distinctive dramas such as Moving On.”
The series was created by EMMY winner and multi-BAFTA award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern, who says: “The series kicks off with John Fay’s Sauce For The Goose, a powerful study of senile dementia with a stunning performance from Anna Massey. Shaun Duggan’s Losing My Religion is a riveting film about homophobic bullying in a Catholic school and the series concludes with Esther Wilson’s I Am Darleen Fyles, the two stars of which are actors with serious learning difficulties.
“This series just wouldn’t have been possible without BBC Daytime’s commitment to commissioning drama that takes risks. Drama with something to say. Drama that is inexpensive. Drama that is excellent value for money.”
Moving On is produced by Colin McKeown of LA Productions, who says the quality of the first series helped to attract the cast for the second: “The first series showed that we had the producers, directors and both new and established writers to make some amazing drama for BBC Daytime. We have used the same winning combination again to make 10 new films, and securing these big name actors to be part of Moving On shows how brilliantly written the second series is.”