BBC One commissions new drama, ‘Doctor Foster’

New female lead drama for BBC One

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BBC One has commissioned a new 5-part drama, Doctor Foster from Laurence Olivier Award-winning British playwright, Mike Bartlett.

Doctor Jenny Foster is a woman in control: she is a trusted GP, the heart of her village, a woman people can trust.  But Doctor Foster’s life is about to explode. When she suspects her husband has been having an affair, Doctor Foster is determined to find out the truth.

She throws herself into an investigation that is going to propel her, her family, and even some of her patients, into chaos.  Bit by bit, Doctor Foster uncovers secrets that shock her to the core. Now she has to choose how to react. One thing is certain – she is going to behave in ways she could never have imagined.

Mike Bartlett, writer and executive producer (ITV’s The Town, award-winning play Cock) says: “My ambition with Doctor Foster is to put an intelligent, empowered woman at the centre of the drama and give her a huge battle to overcome, both in her personal and professional life.  I am delighted​ to be working with Drama Republic and the BBC on this exciting drama that is truthful, complicated and thrilling.”

Matthew Read, BBC Executive Producer, says: “Mike Bartlett is an incredibly exciting writer and with Doctor Foster he has created a complex and compelling character who will keep audiences on the very edge of their seats.”

Doctor Foster is made by Drama Republic for BBC One. The executive producers are Roanna Benn and Greg Brennan for Drama Republic and Matthew Read for the BBC.