Darlow Smithson, BBC3 team up for factual drama

One Day Like This (w/t), commissioned by BBC3 controller Zai Bennett and the BBC's doc commissioner Charlotte Moore, dramatizes the events around a fatal car crash and its impact on a small community.
November 8, 2012

UK prodco Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) has been commissioned by BBC3 in conjunction with BBC Learning to produce One Day Like This (w/t), a factual drama geared towards young adults, based on the true story of a fatal car crash and its impact on a small community.

Commissioned by BBC3 controller Zai Bennett and the BBC’s documentary commissioner Charlotte Moore, the two-part special will star Sasha Parkinson (Coronation Street), Georgina Henshaw (Waterloo Road), Lewis Rainer (Dani’s House) and Lily Loveless (Skins). It will be directed by Sarah Walker.

The program will be based on extensive interviews and research, according to Darlow Smithson, and will tell the story from the point of view of those involved in the collision.

“DSP is continuing to place significant focus on this kind of factual based drama which we see as an exciting and fast emerging genre,” said Julian Ware, creative director of Darlow Smithson Productions. “One Day Like This has been meticulously researched by our team and developed into a powerful and thought-provoking drama.”

Endemol Worldwide Distribution will be shopping the project internationally.

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