BBC1 has commissioned Shed Productions to make an eight-part drama about a group of female ex-convicts hiding out in a remote Scottish village.

Hope Springs will be shot entirely in Scotland from around June and will air at peak time on late in 2008 or early 2009.

The drama centres on four women who met in prison and steal£5m from one the characters' gangster husband to help them escape to a new life. It has “a very modern feel and comedic undertone,” and features “spectacular landscape and locations,” Shed said.

The series was ordered by BBC controller, fiction Jane Tranter and will be executive produced by Anne Mensah, head of drama for BBC Scotland and Shed managing director Brian Park.

“We're especially pleased that we will be producing Hope Springs entirely in Scotland, Shed's natural home territory,” Shed chief executive Eileen Gallagher said. “We hope this will be the beginning of a wave of drama produced by Shed in Scotland for UK networks.”

Mensah added: “Hope Springs is one of the most fun shows I've ever had a chance to be involved in - Northern Exposure with a delicious twist of Shed.”