BBC commissions drama series by GCU student

24 September 2013

BBC commissions drama series by GCU student

GCU student Chrisella Ross with Bannan producer Chris Young, who was also behind C4 hit comedy, The Inbetweeners

It’s been compared to the hit Danish TV drama The Killing and gritty American series Breaking Bad and hailed as the first returning drama to be shown on BBC Alba.

Set on a remote Scottish island, Bannan, which means ‘The Ties that Bind’, will be shown on BBC Alba.

The screenwriter is Chrisella Ross, a student on GCU’s industry-supported MA TV Fiction Writing programme.

Currently being filmed on Skye, the series is produced by Chris Young, who was behind cult adolescent E4 comedy, The Inbetweeners, and the follow-up box office hit movie.

Mr Young has compared his new show to Danish TV dramas such as The Killing, Borgen and American dramas such as Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights because of the quality of its writing and the strength of its characters.

Written in Gaelic with English subtitles, Bannan follows the story of Mairi Macdonald as she returns to a Western island she left eight years ago at the age of 18.

Chrisella said: “I’m so excited about Bannan, which is the first TV drama in Gaelic for 20 years. When I heard I’d been chosen as the writer I screamed, I jumped and I ran around – it’s just incredible.

“The MA TV Fiction Writing programme was vital for me. Chris Young chose me based on a one-hour script set in my village on Lewis that I’d written at GCU. The course is very much geared towards working in the television industry and offers practical hands-on experience. ”

Catriona Miller, senior lecturer in Media and Journalism at GCU who teaches on the MA TV Fiction Writing programme, said: “This is the first original drama commission for one of our students.  Chrisella is a talented writer and we’re just thrilled for her.”