Marion Saastad Ottesen

Marion Saastad Ottesen

Moving On, the mini TV series of 45 minute dramas produced by LA Productions of Liverpool and aired on BBC1, is scheduled to return to the channel with a new five parter in mid Feb.

Prolific North has also learnt that agreement has been reached in principle for series five to be commissioned.

Series three was aired from 14 to 18 November 2011.

The shows made their debut in May 2009, originally in an early-afternoon slot, but following critical acclaim, the series was rebroadcast just a few weeks later to an evening audience.

The first series of five episodes featured Sheila Hancock, Lesley Sharp, Richard Armitage, Dervla Kirwan and Ian Hart. To date, 25 programmes have been made.

Moving On is co-exec produced by Jimmy McGovern and Colin McKeown, the latter LA’s managing director.

McKeown told Prolific North that the new series will be launched at the Bafta’s on 30 January but that a Northern showing will also being arranged just prior to broadcast in mid February once the transmission date is confirmed.

He added: “What’s been particularly exciting about it all is that we recently went to Cannes and all the talk there was about Downton, Lillehammer and The Killing and in one of our episodes we have actors from all three shows: Marion Saastad Ottesen (Lillehammer), Rob James-Collier (Downton) and Bjarne Henriksen (The Killing).

“We’ve also got several new faces in terms of writers and directors.

“The four directors of the new series are Robert Glenister, Johnny Vegas, Noreen Kershaw and Pauline Harris directors a couple.”

McKeown added that the musical composer Steve Wright had also delivered a new score for the series last November which was enjoying particularly positive feedback.