News roundup - Grantchester, Undeniable, Our Zoo and The Mentalist
As well as announcing it's intention to get more artsy fartsy the BBC has also publicised a new series for BBC One this week. Our Zoo is based upon the story of the family who launched Chester zoo and will star, at last, the marvelous Lee Ingleby (Luther, George Gently), Anne Reid, Ralf Little and more. Produced by Big Talk productions and written by Matt Charman, Our Zoo will be hitting our screens after all those shows about Opera and books and clever stuff.
ITV have announced a couple of new dramas too with more details to come on the second Undeniable, a two part thriller with Claire Goose (hooray) and Peter Firth. The other show is Grantchester featuring Alan Shearer look and sound-alike Robson Green in a non fishing role as a police inspector called "Geordie". Is his full name George, is he a fan of Newcastle Brown - yep we can't work it out either. Anyway there will be six parts and James Norton will play sleuth Sidney Chambers in the series adapted from the Grantchester Mysteries written by son of the former Archbishop, James Runcie.
Finally, as we predicted, it is looking very likely that this is the last season of the Mentalist. CBS recently announced a whole load of renewals and The Mentalist was conspicuous by its absence from this list along with Intelligence the mid season replacement series which has been bombing since a decent opening.