Four exciting new short form drama pilots - Joytown, Float, Pancake and Dash – have been commissioned by BBC Scotland in partnership with Screen Scotland to develop and deliver formats for digital platforms, bringing more drama to audiences and working with new talent.
These drama shorts will debut exclusively on BBC iPlayer on the evening of Wednesday 24 October, following the launch of new four-part network drama, Guilt which airs on the BBC Scotland channel, followed by BBC Two in the coming weeks.
Reflecting the lives of younger audiences in Scotland, the four short BBC iPlayer dramas (4 x 10) are part of BBC Scotland’s multiplatform channel strategy to innovate, develop and deliver formats for digital platforms, bringing more drama to audiences.
The shorts offer further development opportunities for both writing and acting talent and have been made by Scottish independent companies, the Comedy Unit, Black Camel and Blazing Griffin. Three of the drama shorts – Float, Joytown and Dash – were developed through BBC Writersroom. At least one of the four digital drama shorts will be developed into a series at a later date.
Chrissy’s a heartbroken young man, wallowing in agony after being dumped by his girlfriend. Feeling very sorry for himself, Chrissy’s pals Basher and O’Connor urge him to get over his break-up by getting in on the dating game again. Chrissy’s fate is decided with the help of an ancient Celtic coin and a beautiful girl whose car has broken down. Can Chrissy be the hero of the hour and regain romance?
Starring Rian Gordon (River City, Outlander), Mark Dallas (Scot Squad, Insane Fight Club), Joe Proctor (One Night Stand) and Saskia Ashdown (Trust Me, Clique). Joytown is a Comedy Unit Production written by James Price and directed by Niamh McKeown.
Set in a sports centre in rural Scotland, Float follows a group of millennials working as lifeguards as they spend six weeks of their summer attempting to drown out their problems. Jade has dropped out of University and returned to the small town life she thought she had left behind. Rumours are rife about why she’s back and only Jade knows the truth. Will secrets remain hidden?
Starring Hannah Jarrett Scott (Trust Me), Jessica Hardwick (Snow Angel), Ben Presley (Doctor Who, Galavant), Jack Stewart (Jealous Alan) and Polina Sulim (Mukhtar’s Return). Float is a Black Camel Production written by Fringe First winner, Stef Smith, directed by Arabella Page and produced by Naomi Walmsley.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of elite ballet group, the Shearer Company, a documentary crew follow three hopeful auditionees as they fight for a coveted place. Nadine, Geoffrey and Anita all face their own barriers to success that brings them into conflict with each other as well as beginning to recognise the classism, racism and homophobia they need to overcome. A fight over dance style, missing shoes and a ripped leotard are all part of a day in the life of a ballet dancer.
Starring Harriet Thorpe (Doctors, Absolutely Fabulous), Natali McCleary (Long Night At Blackstone, Shetland), Eilidh Loan (Clique, Doctors) and John Lumsden (Kingsman, Doctors). Pancake is a Black Camel Production, written by Adura Onashile, produced by Naomi Walmsley and directed by Siri Rødnes.
Idealist and all-round-nice-guy Adam is on a high after passing his driving test. As he embarks on his new found freedom into a more grown-up world the audience see flashes of a sinister future to come. The present day is buoyant and full of fun with Adam, his girlfriend Zara, best friend Nathan and brother Connor living life to the full. But intercut with this happiness are shots from a dashcam and a future of drugs, violence, anger, upset. How does it all go so wrong for a guy who seems to have it so right?
Starring Malcolm Cumming (Anna and the Apocalypse), Danielle Jam (Molly and Mack), Reno Cole (Logan High), Adam Greene (Dark Road) and Katherine Santos Meszaros. Dash is a Blazing Griffin Production written by Stewart Thomson, directed by Gabriel Robertson and produced by Lauren Lamarr.
The drama shorts were commissioned by BBC Scotland’s Gavin Smith, commissioning executive comedy, drama & entertainment and Louise Thornton, commissioning executive for digital and youth.
Commenting on the commissions, Louise said: “These digital shorts highlight BBC Scotland’s drive to do drama in new ways, working with new talent and attracting a younger audiences.”
Mark Thomas from Screen Scotland said: “These new commissions provide real opportunities for Scottish production companies to work with Scottish talent and crew to create dramas with returnable series potential. This is just one of the ways Screen Scotland is working with BBC Scotland through our new partnership to strengthen the range of content being commissioned in Scotland and to increase the representation of Scottish stories on the network.”