BBC One orders more Accused

AccusedThe BBC has ordered a second series of Jimmy McGovern’s Accused despite a backlash against a play in the first series which was heavily critical of the armed forces.

AccusedBroadcast are reporting that the BBC has ordered a second series of BBC One drama Accused from the acclaimed writer Jimmy McGovern. The first series of self-contained plays aired on BBC One last Autumn and each play focused on a character who was accused of a crime and explored the journey that lead them to commit the deed. Amongst the actors to appear in the plays were Christopher Eccleston. Juliet Stevenson, Andy Serkis and Marc Warren.

However, Accused was the subject of a huge backlash for one play which was heavily critical of the armed forces – showing bullying within the army. The play was heavily criticised by the media and even some MPs. As well as facing heavy criticism Accused also lost viewers across its run but despite this the BBC has decided to order a second series.

The decision to renew Accused over Sunday night drama Zen may raise eye brows for some. It was revealed this week that the Italian detective drama would not be returning to BBC One for a second series despite performing respectively against Dancing on Ice and Wild at Heart on BBC One. Also cancelled by the BBC is the costume drama Lark Rise to Candleford which regularly pulled in over 6 million viewers for the corporation. The decision to cancel both dramas has met with criticisms from viewers although producers of Zen are said to be looking for another broadcaster.

The BBC confirmed earlier this year that it had ordered a third season of Jimmy McGovern’s daytime play series Moving On – though at the moment only five further plays have been ordered.