Drama Republic caps debut year with first commission for BBC One

New drama series Doctor Foster has been commissioned for 5×60-minute episodes for BBC One. Written by Mike Bartlett (pictured), award-winning British playwright, whose play Cock won the Laurence Olivier Award in 2010 and who has received critical acclaim for his theatre work and ITV’s The Town.

Doctor Jenny Foster is a woman in control: she is a respected GP, the heart of her village, a woman people can trust.  But Doctor Foster’s life is about to explode. When she suspects her husband has been having an affair, Doctor Foster is determined to find out the truth.

She throws herself into an investigation that will propel her, her family, and even some of her patients, into chaos.  Bit by bit, Doctor Foster uncovers secrets that shock her to the core. Now she has to choose how to react. One thing is certain – she is going to behave in ways she could never have imagined.

Mike Bartlett, writer and executive producer, says: “My ambition with Doctor Foster is to put an intelligent, empowered woman at the centre of the drama and give her a huge battle to overcome, both in her personal and professional life.    I am delighted to be working with Drama Republic and the BBC on this exciting drama that is truthful, complicated and thrilling.”

Matthew Read, BBC Executive Producer, says: “Mike Bartlett is an incredibly exciting writer and with Doctor Foster he has created a complex and compelling character who will keep audiences on the very edge of their seats.”

Roanna Benn, Joint-MD of Drama Republic and executive producer, says: “We are so happy to be working on a series with Mike Bartlett, whose writing we have admired for a long time.  What’s particularly exciting is to be making a drama about a relationship that has high stakes and jeopardy, and which also features a fantastic female lead. Her psychological and emotional journey is one we are totally gripped by.”

Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One, and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning. The executive producers are Roanna Benn, Greg Brenman and Jude Liknaitzky for Drama Republic and Matthew Read for the BBC.