Steven Knight, Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning creator of Peaky Blinders and author of Spencer, who hailed from Venice last year, has penned a new music-packed drama for the BBC. The project, called Two Tone work, was planned to tell the story of an extended family and four teenagers who were drawn into the ska world from the roots of Coventry and Birmingham in central England in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
“Music, black, white, and Asian youth rose in expression of unity. It’s a project that’s literally very close to home, and I’m developing characters and themes set in the early 80’s that are very contemporary. Sure, the soundtrack will be sensational.” Banijay-owned Kudos and Knight’s Nebulastar will produce the six-episode series, along with Kudos North, Stigma Films and Nick Angel.
Filming will begin later this year at Knight’s new film studio, Digbeth Loc, in Birmingham. Ben Irving, acting director of BBC Drama, said: “Steven took his knowledge of this time and place and used it to weave a bright, original and characterful drama set against a ska and two-tone musical backdrop. We are thrilled to be able to bring this unique piece to BBC audiences. said.
Two Tone was created, written and executive produced by Knight. Kudos to executive producers Wilson, Martin Haines, Phil Temple and Laura Conway; Matthew James Wilkinson for Stigma Films; and Angel and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC. Banijay Rights will handle the international distribution of the series. Kudos, part of Banijay UK, also said it has signed a creative partnership and first look deal covering future UK-based projects created by Steven Knight.