BBC Annouces New Supernatural Thriller; the Fate of “Pulse” Revealed

"Touch" creator Jack Thorne.

BBC has announced a new supernatural thriller to begin airing sometime this autumn.   Here’s how the BBC press release explains the project:

From acclaimed theatre, film and TV writer Jack Thorne (Skins, The Scouting Book For Boys, Cast Offs) comes an edge-of-the-seat supernatural thriller, made by BBC Drama Production.

In Touch the vengeful dead walk on Earth and only uber-geek Paul can save the living from a fiery Armageddon.

Paul is an ordinary young man from an ordinary town who discovers an extraordinary ability – he can see the dead. As he comes to terms with a nightmare reality he meets others who share his powers and share a horrifying secret – the spirits are waging war on the living. Mankind will be destroyed.

But the most terrifying twist is yet to come – Paul discovers that only he holds the key to the world’s salvation.

More on this new series, and the fate of “Pulse”,  after the jump.

Ben Stephenson says: “Touch started life as one of our drama pilots but quickly showed such imagination and energy that we asked the hugely talented Jack Thorne to write five more episodes and Touch the series was born.”

Touch is a 6×60 minute series from BBC Drama Production, commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC Three, and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning. Casting is still to be confirmed, the series will film next year, the producer is Caroline Skinner and executive producer is Sue Hogg.

Unfortunately, the announcement of this series also means that none of the drama pilots that premiered this year will become commissioned.

This includes “Dappers”, “Stanley Park” and Paul Cornell’s “Pulse”.   We’re sure a lot of our readers will particularly disappointed to hear that Cornell’s series isn’t getting picked.  Cornell’s excellent “Doctor Who” episodes and his work in American comics have gained a lot of fans in the geek community.


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