As revealed by Prolific North in September, Moving On will become the first drama series to premiere in its entirety on the BBC iPlayer
Shot on location in Liverpool by LA Productions, the BBC has also announced a stellar cast list for the fifth series.
The 5 stand alone films will feature: Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street); Anita Dobson (EastEnders), Anthony Flanagan (The Village, Red Riding), Jo Joyner (EastEnders, No Angels), Lee Ingleby (Inspector George Gently, White Heat), Duncan Preston (Acorn Antiques, Love And Marriage), Ray Fearon (Harry Potter, Silk), Emma Cuniffe (The Lakes, Southcliffe), Sharon Horgan (Pulling, Dead Boss), Craig Kelly (Queer As Folk, Coronation Street), Taj Atwal (Stella, Miranda), Amy Nuttall (Downton Abbey, Emmerdale), Ramon Tikaram (This Life, White Heat), Jo-Anne Knowles (Waterloo Road, Young Dracula) Rosalind Ayres (Outnumbered, The Cinder Path), Emma Lowndes (Cranford, Survivors) and Keith Barron (Duty Free, The Chase).
There will also be famous names behind the camera with comedian Johnny Vegas and Robert Glenister (Hustle, Spooks) directing 2 of the films.
“Moving On has firmly established itself as a favourite with the daytime audience and we’re delighted to be able to offer new episodes exclusively on BBC iPlayer and on BBC Daytime this autumn. Viewers will be able to enjoy gripping drama performed by a stellar cast and written by talented storytellers,” stated Damian Kavanagh, controller, BBC Daytime.
The decision to show it first online follows the BBC Trust’s approval to trial premieres on the BBC iPlayer.
“We couldn’t be more delighted that Jimmy McGovern’s Moving On will be the first drama series to premiere on BBC iPlayer, in its entirety. As an established drama in the daytime schedule, the series premiere on BBC iPlayer will be both a gift to loyal viewers and an unprecedented opportunity for a wider audience to enjoy these five stand-alone films across multiple devices, and at a time that suits them,” added Victoria Jaye, head of TV content, BBC iPlayer.
“Over the last year, there has been 43% growth in BBC iPlayer usage across mobile and tablet – with drama programmes driving almost a third of total viewing.”
The series is produced by Donna Molloy and executive produced for the BBC by Kavanagh and for LA Productions by Colin McKeown.