Video: BBC Autumn/Winter Dramas

After finally caving in to geothermal pressure and switching the heating on last night, after weeks of denial I have officially accepted that summer is over. While that is a depressing thought, it does mean that we can settle down to some decent television as the cold nights draw in. The BBC proudly sent us an email this morning boasting that they had signed up three of the world’s leading creative talents: Sam Mendes, Jane Campion and Sir David Hare. And that’s before we start talking about those Doctor Who clips…

Mendes (American Beauty & Revolutionary Road) will be bringing us four ‘epic’ film versions of Shakespeare’s history plays – Richard II, Henry IV part I and II, and Henry V: “I couldn’t be more delighted to be making these Shakespeare films for the BBC. One of my earliest introductions to Shakespeare was watching the plays on TV, and it’s terrific to have the opportunity to bring them to a new, wider audience,” said the ex Mr Winslet.

Coming to BBC2 is the “startling, atmospheric new multi-part drama series” From The Top Of The Lake which is directed by Oscar-winning writer and director Jane Campion. Meanwhile English playwright and screenwriter Sir David Hare returns to the BBC with a single play which he will also direct, through Christine Langan Creative Director of BBC Films. More details to be announced soon.

Finally, can you spot all the actors who have appeared in the Harry Potter franchise? There are several..