New BBC One crime drama Better to be set in Leeds by creators of TV show Humans

A gripping, new BBC One drama will be set in Leeds, the broadcaster has announced today.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 5:34 pm

'Better' will be a six part drama series, which has been described as a "thrilling redemption story".

It has been written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, who also wrote the science-fiction show Humans, which first aired on Channel 4 in 2015.

The show will focus on a corrupt police detective, who attempts to make amends for the things she has done in her life.

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BBC One drama 'Better' will explore a corrupt police detective from Leeds' search for redemption. Photo: Adobe Stock.
BBC One drama 'Better' will explore a corrupt police detective from Leeds' search for redemption. Photo: Adobe Stock.

It will be set in Leeds and the surrounding countryside.

The BBC said of the show: "Better is a thrilling redemption story, set in Leeds and using the landscape of the city and surrounding countryside as a backdrop to what becomes an epic battle for one woman’s soul.

"After a family tragedy is narrowly averted, a corrupt police detective undergoes a painful moral awakening and decides to put right twenty years of wrongdoing - but satisfying her newfound conscience won’t be straightforward.

"She slowly realises that her redemption will only be complete once she brings down the powerful gangster she has worked for all this time, a man she helped rise to power, and has come to love like a brother."

Writers Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley said: “Better asks if a truly bad person can ever become good, and if so, how that could happen.

"The idea’s been in our heads for ten years, and we’re hugely fortunate to be telling it at last with the help of our old friends at the mighty Sister, in the great city of Leeds - and for BBC One, the perfect home for this very British story."

Better is Executive Produced by Mona Qureshi for the BBC and Jane Featherstone, Chris Fry, Lucy Dyke, Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley for Sister in association with Northern Sister.

Lucy Dyke, of Northern Sister, has worked on Ripper Street, Black Mirror and most recently The Split.

Each episode will be 60 minutes long.

A start date has not yet been revealed.

The announcement is part of a series of new commissions by the BBC across the UK, in a bid to strengthen decision-making and talent development outside of London.

Piers Wenger, Director BBC Drama says: "Telling stories that reflect the whole of the UK is about more than meeting quotas. It’s about enriching and emboldening what British drama means by honouring the true range of authorship across all of our nations and regions.

"I want to do more to celebrate that plurality. I want it to become an essential not-so-secret weapon and a core part of our USP.”

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