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Viewers get two new BBC dramas

Russell T Davies
Russell T Davies will act as a creative consultant on The Fabulous Baker Boys

Two new dramas about a group of young doctors and a community of factory workers, have been commissioned by the BBC for audiences in Wales.

The Fabulous Baker Boys and Crash! will have input from award-winning writers Russell T Davies and Tony Jordan.

Crash! will follow the doctors as they embark on their first jobs at a Cardiff hospital. It is due to go out in 2009.

The Fabulous Baker Boys will detail a valleys community as it deals with a factory closure threat.

In each episode of Crash!, the doctors will have to make life or death decisions and tests of nerve.

It will be written by a team of Welsh writers led by EastEnders writer Tony Jordan and produced by Red Planet Pictures Wales.

The series is due to go into pre-production in April 2009 for broadcast later in the year.

As a result of our network success we can now draw on the immense talents of Tony Jordan and Russell T Davies to support new projects like these
Clare Hudson, BBC Wales head of English language programmes

The second commission will be made by BBC Wales' in-house drama department and is due for broadcast in 2010.

The Fabulous Baker Boys will see Doctor Who lead writer Russell T Davies act as a creative consultant on the project, which will be written by Helen Raynor and Gary Owen.

The series will follow the challenges and triumphs of the workers and their families as they battle against the odds to keep their factory going.

Both series will be broadcast on BBC Wales, with the possibility they may be broadcast in other parts of the UK.

Clare Hudson, BBC Wales head of English language programmes, said: "We are extremely pleased to be bringing more top class drama to our viewers, using the extraordinary pool of talented writers, producers and performers we have to hand in Wales.

"It is fantastic that as a result of our network success we can now draw on the immense talents of Tony Jordan and Russell T Davies to support new projects like these."

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