Saturday, August 24, 2013

New BBC One Boss Unveils Judi Dench, Dustin Hoffman Film

3:34 PM PDT 8/22/2013 by Georg Szalai

EDINBURGH – New BBC One controller Charlotte Moore outlined her vision for the U.K. public broadcaster's flagship channel here on Thursday and announced first programming commissions, including an adaptation of a Roald Dahl book starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman.

I intend to look under the bonnet of every genre to make sure we are bringing audiences distinctive, innovative and pioneering television," Moore said.

That means that BBC One should be "part of the national conversation" and that viewers should feel that the annual license fee they pay to help fund the BBC "is being well spent on quality programs." Concluded Moore: "BBC One needs to offer something for everyone, every week of the year, and that is what I’m committed to.”

While she has been in her post for only a few weeks, Moore on Thursday also unveiled first program orders designed to set the tone for what to expect from her tenure.

Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot will star Dench and Hoffman in an adaptation by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer. Said Moore: "It's absolutely stellar casting for one of the nation's favorite children's classics."


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